Steven Gerrard knew his Liverpool career was coming to an end when Brendan Rodgers left him on the bench for the club's Champions League encounter away to Real Madrid, he has revealed in an interview with BT Sport, as reported by the Mirror.
It was Liverpool's return season to the prestigious competition and nights at the Bernabeu are always something special.
Gerrard already knew his playing days at the top were numbered so to miss out on a night like that must have hurt, especially after being Liverpool's captain and talisman for so long.
Rodgers leaving him out left the midfielder devastated yet he played the final 20 minutes of the counter. Even that wasn't considered enough to a player who had previously taken Liverpool all the way in the Champions League winning the competition in dramatic style back in 2005 in Istanbul versus AC Milan.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for a BT Sport interview which will be aired Wednesday night at 10pm, Gerrard opened up about how he responded to being told he wasn't playing.
“But I sat on that bench devastated because I wanted to play so, it is one of those situations.
“It sort of pushed me, making a decision to move on and try something different.”
Gerrard will join up with his new club LA Galaxy next week for the next chapter of his career which is likely to be his last.
“I’d had a couple of initial chats, with Brendan saying to me, ‘I’m going to start managing your games and I have to look after you. I want you to be fresh and I don’t want you to be playing three games in a week because you may be tired’ and stuff like that," he added.
“But this situation was a bit unique, because it was Real Madrid and I wanted to play.”
Is the move to LA Galaxy going to be Steven Gerrard's last?
It's not a bad place to hang up your boots but depending how long Steven Gerrard stays in America and how serious he takes it, the former Liverpool midfielder may return during off season to gain fitness on a loan deal.
As you can see with the way he responded to being benched against Real Madrid, Gerrard enjoys playing football but he's 35 years old and needs to pace himself for the sake of further longevity.