Michael Owen: Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool exit timed to perfection

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is to play his last Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday.

Renowned pundit Michael Owen has written on Sportlobster that Steven Gerrard has timed his Liverpool exit to perfection as he prepares for an emotional Anfield farewell on Saturday.

The Reds skipper’s long-term affiliation with the club is drawing to a close after he confirmed his intentions to move to American side LA Galaxy in a bid to promote MLS.

It seemed a logical choice for Gerrard, both from a playing and financial perspective, as he begins to see his game-time in the Reds’ first-team XI dwindle due to his age.

Moreover, with the Merseyside outfit set to miss out on a Champions League football next season, former player Michael Owen feels the Kop idol’s departure is timed to perfection.

“No doubt it will be an emotional day for all concerned but after 27 years it was inevitable that a farewell would be happening sooner rather than later and I feel sure that Steven has chosen the time to perfection,” Owen wrote.

Could Steven Gerrard have stayed on for another season?

Despite his diminishing role in Brendan Rodgers’ first-team XI, the Reds’ struggles this season could suggest an experienced head will be needed to help the club pick itself up.

The Merseysiders’ recent 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers was largely indebted to their midfield talisman and he further proved his ability in last week's 1-1 draw at Premier League champions Chelsea.

While the 34-year-old may no longer be able to play three times a week, his influence in the dressing room is vital and will be sorely missed, especially considering the number of younger players at Anfield.

On a personal note his departure might be timed perfectly, but there is a growing belief that the team aren’t yet ready to lose him and Rodgers may regret not trying harder to keep him for at least one more year.

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