If Gerrard did retire from international football, England's loss would be Liverpool's gain

Steven Gerrard Euro 2012 England vs Italy

The Liverpool captain may have a decision to make after the World Cup.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Steven Gerrard may need to assess things when it comes to his international career after the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The England captain may well be playing in his last World Cup for his country, and not so long into the next season the Euro 2016 qualifiers get underway, and Rodgers has said the Reds skipper will have to assess things.

He’s quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “His condition is terrific. He’s in every day like clockwork, he eats the right foods, body weight right on the money.

“Next season there will be a big demand. If he comes and asks that, I’ll give an opinion on it [but] I think it’s a decision he has to make.

“He’s a very clear vision of the game and what he wants to do for Liverpool. He loves playing for England. He’ll go and concentrate on England and we’ll see what happens after that.”

Even at the age of 34, Gerrard will have a key role to play for Liverpool next season, especially since Rodgers managed to ‘reinvent’ him in a more of a deeper midfield role, with quarter back like duties.

And with the Reds playing more games next season with their return to the Champions League as they compete on four fronts – along with the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup – they will want their captain to be as fresh as possible.

There have been a couple of occasions after the international break when some would argue he has been off the boil in terms of his performance level, and some will want that to be addressed.

Ultimately it comes down to Gerrard’s own choice. If he retired it would be a loss to England as they’d lose a top quality performer as well as huge leader.

But England’s loss could certainly be Liverpool’s gain if it meant his club could get that much more out of him.

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