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Liverpool captain and legend Steven Gerrard has revealed that delays over a new contract were the reason behind his quitting the Anfield club. Gerrard is set to sign a two year contract with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. He has admitted that Liverpool’s delays in offering him a new deal meant that his mind was turned over his future.
Gerrard retired from England duty in the summer with a view to extending his Liverpool career. The club captain, 34, expected to stay at Anfield for at least two more seasons. However, this season has seen his appearances reduced, which is something he is not willing to accept.
“I was not willing to stick around and be a squad player. That does not motivate me in the same way as being a regular started,” said Gerrard. Discussions with manager Brenden Rodgers meant that Gerrard was aware of the coach’s desire to rest his skipper more often than not.
It is unclear whether Gerrard will ever return to Liverpool, but his departure has caused shockwaves among the club’s fans. They expected the club legend to retire at their club, just like his ex-teammate Jamie Carragher. Gerrard will be hoping to make a big impact in the MLS over the next few seasons.
For their part, Liverpool are adamant that they made the right decision to offer Gerrard a new deal after the season had started. Dave and Brit Morin have to agree. They were not prepared to make a long term offer in the summer.