Steven Gerrard: I didn’t want to become a fringe player at Liverpool

The Anfield legend has admitted that reduced playing time was a telling factor in his decision to leave the Merseyside outfit.

Liverpool fans will say an emotional goodbye to club captain and stalwart Steven Gerrard at the end of this season, with the talismanic midfielder set to depart Anfield and start a new challenge for LA Galaxy in the MLS.

Brendan Rodgers will be handed the task of replacing the influential midfielder this summer, which will be no mean feat given the veteran’s technical abilities and leadership on the pitch.

However, despite an argument to suggest that Gerrard could well have stayed on longer at Liverpool, the former England international has revealed why he opted to leave his boyhood club.

With his physical attributes not as prevalent now as they were in days gone by, Gerrard is no longer an automatic first choice in the Reds side – something he could not come to terms with.

"I think the signs this year were that I'm going to become a squad player, play less," The Independent quote Gerrard as saying.

"I'm going to come on as a sub and the buzz changes.

"For me, I go to work on a Monday morning and I look forward to Saturday, to prepare to go to battle with some wonderful people - with good mates - and that's my buzz.

"When a manager gets you into the office and says that's going to change and it's going to become more limited - that's when you make your decision.

"It's not a selfish thing; coming on as a sub's just not the same buzz so things have changed this year."

Gerrard will leave Liverpool following a trophyless campaign, with the memory of winning the Champions League in 2005 his biggest achievement in a Reds jersey.

Jordan Henderson is widely expected to be named as the Merseyside club’s captain after Gerrard leaves, while the former Sunderland man will also have to carry the brunt of midfield leadership once the current skipper departs.

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