Jamie Carragher says Raul wanted Real Madrid to sign Steven Gerrard

Jamie Carragher during the press conference

The former Liverpool captain retired from football on Thursday.

Steven Gerrard (L) and Jamie Carragher pose after the press conferenceSteven Gerrard (L) and Jamie Carragher pose at Anfield

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told talkSPORT that Real Madrid legend Raul once asked him if they had a chance of signing Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard officially retired from football on Thursday afternoon, bringing about an end to a 19-year playing career.

Aside from a short stint with LA Galaxy in the MLS, he spent his entire career with Liverpool, with whom he won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups.

He was continually linked with a departure from Anfield during his time in England, famously coming close to a move to Chelsea back in 2005.

It appears another club could have come in for him, though, if striker Raul had had anything to do with it.

“He’d have been a lot more suited to Real Madrid [than Barcelona]” he told talkSPORT.

“We beat Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield and Raul came up and asked if he’d go to Real Madrid in that summer, so that is how strong the feeling was from Real Madrid – the actual captain asking if he’d sign!”

“I obviously never wanted him to go, but my advice to Stevie was there is only two clubs you’d go to – and that’s the Spanish giants.”

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring their second goalLiverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring

It would certainly have been interesting to see how Gerrard would have fared had he moved to a club like Real Madrid.

His trophy haul is impressive as it is but it is easy to imagine it would be even larger had he been given the chance to become one of the Galacticos.

For now, he must focus on the next stage of his career, with a role in coaching looking very likely at this moment in time.

Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard in the crowdFormer Liverpool player Steven Gerrard in the crowd

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