Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hinted this could be his final full season at the Anfield club.
Gerrard called time on his England career to focus on performing to the best of his ability for Liverpool, but he’s ruled out thinking beyond the coming season with regards to his future.
“I still want to be available, I want to be fresh and play at a high level for Liverpool for certainly one more season. We will have to wait and see if there are any more after that. I don’t feel like a weight has been lifted because I never saw it as a burden,” said Gerrard in an interview with the Daily Mail.
Gerrard, now 34-years-old, remains one of Liverpool’s most important players for a variety of reasons.
He’s hugely important to the current midfield of the team and the player that teammates look to when things are not going well, which means there is still pressure to set an example and lead from the front.
What could make Gerrard consider his position at the club this time next year is how successful Liverpool could be in the coming season.
The side got very close to the Premier League title last season and Brendan Rodgers will want some form of domestic success alongside a decent crack at performing well in the Champions League.
Players considering their careers often choose to go out on a high so if the Reds have a couple of trophies in the bank at the end of the season, Gerrard may see it as the perfect time to call it a day.
If that success doesn’t arrive, the skipper may feel as though he has unfinished business and could play on.
Should he choose that option then Liverpool have to structure any reported new contract accordingly and the boss will have to look at changing his position slightly.
The pace and tempo of Premier League football is now so high that Gerrard would be the first to admit it when he starts to feel the strain physically.
Rodgers can alleviate that and still get the best out of him by playing him consistently in a deeper role, as he did occasionally last season.
It would be a shame for Liverpool to lose one of the best players they’ve ever had but fans can rest assured, he’ll be doing everything possible this season to correct the lost opportunities of last season.