Potential Gerrard replacement for Liverpool Marco Veratti discusses future

The Italian international is happy at PSG but could return to Italy one day.

Liverpool Football Club are reeling from the news that Steven Gerrard will be leaving at the end of the season. The club legend has decided for a different challenge toward the end of his career and will be going abroad when his contract expires at the end of the season.

With that in mind the rumour mill has already started to suggest potential replacements for Gerrard at Anfield. The likes of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and homegrown Jordan Rossiter have all been mentioned as potential successors.

Italian midfielder Marco Veratti is another. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has been linked with Liverpool in the past and with his passing range it is no wonder why many could see him filling the role.

But if Liverpool fans were hoping that Veratti would be the man, they are not going to like his most recent quotes on his future.

He has been speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport this week about his future confirming that he is currently happy with PSG and that if he were to leave, a return to Italy would be his first choice:

"One day I want to play in Serie A.

"Back when I used to play for Pescara, I was sought after by a lot of clubs, but if I'd ended up in Juventus I doubt they would have given me the same space that I have with PSG. I am in a great club and I think I made the right choice, because in Italy there is less faith in youth."

"I, on the other hand, believe that if a player is good, then he should play regardless."

So that is one name that can seemingly be crossed from the list as potential Gerrard replacements, if he was ever on it in the first place.

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