After revealing previous interest in his services from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard confirmed he will see out his playing career with his boyhood club. Will he ever regret that decision?
Over the weekend Steven Gerrard made a rather unsurprising revelation regarding the amount of teams and the calibre of managers that have enquired for his services throughout the course of his career.
Two of the greatest to have ever stood in the technical boxes of the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have reportedly tried to bring in the Liverpool talisman in the past for 3 teams who have achieved huge domestic honours in Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Its seems nothing more than a mere blip in his Anfield career now that just after ‘that’ night in Istanbul he announced then quickly retracted his desire to leave his boyhood club, with miscommunication being cited as the cause for such a revelation.
He has now made it clear that he will play his entire career at Liverpool FC and at 32 years old the day that all comes to an end is looming ever closer.
So will he ever win the Premier League?
It looks unlikely at the moment as Liverpool struggle in the transfer market in order to contend with the big boys around them. Currently, despite admittedly being only 3 games into the new season, they languish on 1 point in the relegation zone.
Brendan Rodgers is trying to implement a vintage Liverpool passing style at the club which will take a while to develop. Time is not a friend of Stevie G’s furthermore the financial power at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea plus the Sir Alex Ferguson dynasty rolling on when the day comes for Steven to quit the best he will be able to say about the Premier League will most likely be the runners up medal from 2009 which would surely make him the greatest player of the Premier League generation to never receive a Championship medal.
But will it really matter when he remembers moments like Istanbul, where he was the catalyst in the greatest European comeback in recent history. Or the stunning strike against West Ham to force his beloved club to FA Cup glory or indeed the infamous ‘what a hit’ moment against Olympiakos to save Liverpool blushes and set them on the path to European glory.
When you have done the things Steven Gerrard has done, achieved them in the dramatic manner he has, achieved the eternal admiration of your own fans and a healthy respect from most of the football community; a blip like not winning the title can easily be forgotten.
What do you think? Should Stevie G perhaps 'chanced his arm' elsewhere?
image: © Ben Sutherland