Steven Gerrard confirms he is leaving Anfield
Liverpool confirmed that the captain Steven Gerrard will leave the club at the end of this season. Gerrard (34 years) has spent his entire career at Anfield. He was part of the club's youth system at the age of eight, made his debut in 1998 and he is captain since 2003. His career includes 10 trophies, 695 appearances and 180 goals.
Gerrard was "player of the match" in the final of UEFA Champions League in 2005 and UEFA club footballer of the same year. Between the trophies with his club are one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups. He was young player of the year in 2001 and in 2006 according to Professional Footballers' Association, footballer of the year in 2009 according to Football Writers' Association, five times player of the month in the Premier League, including the last time in March 2014 and few times part of PFA team of the year. He had 114 appearances for national team and was leading them on three World Cups and on Euro 2012.
Zinedine Zidane described him in a best way:
"Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be. He has great passing ability, can tackle and scores goals, but most importantly he gives the players around him confidence and belief. You can't learn that - players like him are just born with that presence."
Gerrard admits that the decision to leave Liverpool is the toughest of his life. That decision is completely based on his wish to experience something different in his career. He said about his leaving:
"Liverpool Football Club has been such a huge part of all our lives for so long and saying goodbye is going to be difficult, but I feel it's something that's in the best interests of all involved, including my family and the club itself. I'm going to carry on playing and although I can't confirm at this stage where that will be, I can say it will be somewhere that means I won't be playing for a competing club and will not therefore be lining up against Liverpool - that is something I could never contemplate."
It is still uncertain where Gerrard will finish his career. Probably in MLS league in United States. Los Angeles Galaxy is between the options even their president declined to comment on suggestions his club want to sign Gerrard. Some Arab clubs could also offer big money for him.
Gerrard remains an iconic figure at Anfield and one of the greatest player ever to wear the red shirt. He is the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final. Gerrard will help his club to improve their not so good season so far.