Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that it would have been much more difficult for Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool had they been in the Premier League title race.
On Friday, the 34-year-old announced his decision to depart the Reds at the end of the season when his contract with the Merseyside outfit runs out.
Gerrard has been at Liverpool his entire career and is considered by many as the greatest player in the club’s history, and his announcement certainly came as a shock.
Scholes, a former United midfielder, has now given his take on the matter and wrote in The Independent: “I have said before that Steven Gerrard should still be good for another two seasons at Liverpool. That he has decided to leave in the summer will have been a difficult call…
“I wonder if part of his decision to leave Liverpool now was that, compared with last season, the club look much further away from that next league title.
“It would be much more difficult to walk away from the Liverpool team as it was in the second half of last season than the Liverpool team as it is now.”
Last season Liverpool were competing with Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title, but things are not going so well at the moment.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are out of the title race and are fighting for a top-four finish. Even that looks unlikely at this moment in time.
Perhaps the main reason for Gerrard’s decision is the fact that he cannot do what he used to in years gone by…