Report: Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool at season’s end
Steven Gerrard is set to announce on Friday that he will leave Liverpool in the summer, according to multiple reports emerging on New Year’s Day.
The Liverpool Echo and Tony Barrett of The Times — among others — took to Twitter to reveal that the 34-year-old club captain will announce his departure with a move to the MLS considered a possibility.
Gerrard, 34, scored twice from the spot to put Liverpool in command over Leicester on Thursday before two second-half goals from the visitors saw the game end in a draw, one which leaves Liverpool eighth in the Premier League and 17 points off top spot. Gerrard made his first-team debut in Nov. 1998 and has spent his entire career at Liverpool, where he’s closing in on 500 appearances many of which have been as captain.
Among his career highlights include that famous 2005 Champions League final, in which Gerrard inspired his side to come from 3-0 down and force extra-time against AC Milan before eventually winning the tie on penalties.
Gerrard is now free to speak to clubs from abroad with his current deal expiring within six months and there would no doubt be several clubs interested in his services. Late Thursday, several outlets in England reported that Gerrard is set to announce his departure from Liverpool â with MLS a rumored destination.
Rodgers appears to be particularly laid back about the situation. "I have got a great relationship and communication with Steven so we understand exactly the position," Rodgers added. "He has earned that respect if he does talk to anyone."
After the lackluster second-half display against Leicester, Rodgers once again refused to confirm whether his captain would remain at the club.
He added: "There’s no update. When there is we’ll let you know."
Goal.com’s Gary Maiden contributed to this report.