Liverpool media round-up: Steven Gerrard on what could've made him stay, Mignolet on his improved form

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning…

Steven Gerrard has said that he may have stayed at Liverpool if he was allowed to shadow the coaching staff at the club, as reported by The Daily Mail.

The former Liverpool captain departed the club at the end of last season to embark on a new career in the MLS after admitting he didn't want to be a squad player with the Reds after his playing time was starting to be managed by Brendan Rodgers.

However, Gerrard has no stated that despite that he would have stayed if he was offered a chance to work with Rodgers and the coaching staff at the Reds, who had an overhaul of their backroom staff in the summer. 

The Daily Mail quotes the Englishman as saying: "Maybe that was selfish of me but I had gone a long time playing every single game.

"I might be contradicting myself here but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.

"I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a No 1, No 2, No 3 or No 4.

"Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new No 2, or No 3 or No 4. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player."

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said that things are totally different for him this time ahead of this weekend's trip to Old Trafford.

Last season, Mignolet's poor form saw him dropped to the bench for a 3-0 defeat last December with Brad Jones taking his place but after returning to the side his form saw a marked improvement.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: “You can do two things: moan about it and let your head drop or be positive and work as hard as you ever did to get back into the team and that’s what I did.

“Looking back, I’m very happy with how I responded to that. 2015 has been a good year for me so far - both on and off the pitch.

“Keeping those clean sheets and I saw a stat that over the past four years I have made the most saves in the Premier League."

Finally, Lucas Leiva has yet again been speaking about remaining at the club,  and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo offering his thoughts on the future of Jordan Rossiter, who he attended an LFC foundation event with.

He said: “Jordan is just coming through the Academy, he’s from Liverpool and he’s showing that he’s got a big future ahead of him.”

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