Former LA Galaxy manager Ruud Gullit has stirred controversy by claiming that Steven Gerrard should have left Liverpool years ago to protect his career.

As Liverpool fans come to terms with the idea of talisman Steven Gerrard moving to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, Dutch legend Ruud Gullit has insisted the midfielder should’ve left Anfield before.

Gerrard is a rarity in the modern game – a one-club man who has represented Liverpool since signing for them at youth level in 1987.

He famously rejected a lucrative move to Chelsea in 2005 in order to stick with the Reds.

The England international has announced that he will be finally moving on at the end of the season to join MLS giants LA Galaxy.

And ex-Chelsea manager Gullit may anger Liverpool fans with his assertion that Gerrard’s loyalty to Liverpool was to the detriment of his career.

Everybody knows that he loves Liverpool,” Gullit told BBC Sport. “But if you look at his whole career, he would have wanted to have more on it.

“For me he should have done it before, not because I don’t like Liverpool, but as a player you need to have different experiences.

“To become really one of the biggest players England has ever had, you need to have trophies and he wanted to have them.”

Gullit’s comments certainly won’t make him flavour of the month at Anfield, but some will argue that Gerrard deserved more silverware for his stellar career. 

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