Liverpool morning news, Gerrard announcement imminent, reaction to Leicester draw

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is expected to confirm he will leave the club at the end of the season today, with reports claiming last night he has rejected a new contract offer from his boyhood club.

Gerrard is expected to head abroad, with the MLS the most likely destination after a long association with his club, leaving huge boots to fill at Anfield.

Tributes have been pouring in from ex-professionals that used to play both for Liverpool and other clubs.

There have been signs that Gerrard's fitness would have to be managed more and more if he did stay at the club, having been rested for a few games so far this term.

The Reds were yesterday held to a 2-2 draw against Leicester City in the Premier League yesterday despite leading 2-0 courtesy of two penalties from their captain, with too many mistakes costing the Reds.

Manager Brendan Rodgers told reporters after the game: "We're obviously disappointed at being 2-0 up and conceding the goals that we did - really poor goals, giving the ball away so cheaply, not defending well enough when you are getting shots scored from outside the box.

"We had a plan in place in terms of after the opponent scores or after we score, looking at that five-minute spell and an idea of what to do and how to work that.

"Unfortunately, we failed to do that. We gave away simple moments of possession; passes that are simple, we gave the ball away. We recovered the ball again and then lost it again."

Kolo Toure identified a couple of faults in Liverpool's game that resulted in them throwing away their two-goal lead.

He told the Liverpool website: "In the second half, you have to attack brightly and be compact, trying to hit them on the counter-attack - which we didn't do. Every game is very tough, but that's why we need to be more intelligent.

"Be clever in managing the game better, passing the ball and then hitting on the counter-attack. We will work again, there is another game coming. We have to forget about this game, try to focus and win the next game."

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