Ronald Koeman jokes Steven Gerrard could play for Southampton

Steven Gerrard In 2014

The Southampton manager was asked about the Liverpool skipper leaving his club at the end of the season, and spoke highly of the Reds captain.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard confirmed this morning that he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season after 17 years in the first team. 

Even at the age of 34 Gerrard is highly rated for the qualities he brings to the side. His range of passing, experience, and eye for goal even when he's not in his prime are likely to appeal to interested clubs. 

Though he may not be the player that managed to inspire Liverpool to Champions League and FA Cup final wins, as well as being the catalyst to the side for many years, some managers will still want him in their side. 

Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie with Ipswich Town, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was asked about Gerrard's impending departure from Liverpool, and with a smile, the Dutchman said: 

"It's maybe a little bit strange to see Gerrard out of Liverpool. If he likes to continue he can come.

"A fantastic football player, really the top level in the midfield position. The captain of Liverpool, really an impressive football career.

"If he'd like to continue playing football in England he can come. For Steven Gerrard you always have a position for him."

Though asked if he was serious and replying with 'yes', one feels this was tongue in cheek, and Liverpool fans won't have to worry about him lining up against them on the South coast next season. 

However, if he had the desire to play one more season in the Champions League, the way it is going at the moment, the Saints would seemingly be a destination for those wishing to participate in next season's competition if Koeman's side can keep on impressing. 

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