Martin Keown: Liverpool making a mistake in allowing Steven Gerrard to leave

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown feels Steven Gerrard should stay at Liverpool.

Former Arsenal man Martin Keown has told the BBC that Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard should have been persuaded to stay after he helped the Reds beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the Premier League.

The Reds’ captain is set to end his 17-year affiliation with club this summer and move to MLS side LA Galaxy for the remainder of his playing days.

The 34-year-old’s quality is evident, but his insistence on not playing for a Premier League rival means a move abroad was the only viable option after revealing his intention to leave.

With the season all but over, Gerrard was recalled to the starting line-up after missing the 1-0 defeat at Hull City and he put in an eventful shift, scoring the winning goal after previously missing a penalty.

His leadership skills were on show throughout, prompting Keown to suggest the Reds have made a mistake by not persuading him to extend his stay for at least one more year.

"There was a real sadness within the whole stadium about Steven Gerrard coming to the end of his Liverpool career today. I still think he should have been kept on for next season,” Keown remarked.

“With Raheem Sterling refusing to sign, I think it would have been good news if Gerrard had been persuaded to stay on and continue to bring his experience to this group of young players.”

“That would have been good management from Brendan Rodgers."

  GoalsShotsKey PassesInterceptionsDefensive Duel WinnersBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMins Played
Steven Gerrard 1 6 4 3 2 4 41 89

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Gerrard’s performance was still of a very high standard as he dominated the midfield and provided an edge going forward.

He racked up six shots and four key passes going forward, while contributing defensively with three interceptions, two defensive duel winners and four ball recoveries.

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