Steven Gerrard explains why he turned down ambitious Tottenham offer this summer

Steven Gerrard

Tottenham Hotspur made a shock offer for the former Liverpool captain in the summer.

Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard says Tottenham were interested in signing him this summer but has explained why he didn't join the north London side, according to the Daily Mail.

You wouldn't think it possible, would you? The Liverpool icon, so often seen in a Red shirt lining up against Tottenham - either winning convincingly alongside the likes of Luis Suarez, or vice versa up against Gareth Bale - lining up for the north London side instead.

Clearly, Gerrard didn't think it would be possible either. He simply didn't want to play against Liverpool.

But it didn't stop Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino from expressing his interest, according to the LA Galaxy midfielder!

In an extract of his new book serialised by the Mail, Gerrard said: "A few English clubs called but I wouldn’t play against Liverpool. There was interest from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. It was good to know he still rated me.

"I was sure I could play in the Premier League for another year but there would not have been much of a buzz doing the same thing all over again with Tottenham."

Ironically, Spurs are now short of quality in midfield. Could they have done with Stevie G?

The problem for the Reds legend is that his legs are not what they used to be and Pochettino emphasises fitness and high pressing at White Hart Lane.

But he still - according to the Liverpool icon - wanted to bring him to north London. Is that contradictory? Or was the Tottenham boss simply making an exception for an exceptional player?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch