Thursday, July 8, 2010

Steven Gerrard: Leave or Stay at Liverpool?

It is no more a secret that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has become the prime target for new Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho who is ready to splash £20 million for the England international who recently captained England in their disastrous World Cup campaign. Earlier, Gerrard also reportedly revealed his desire to move.

However, now it seems that the 30-year-old attacking midfielder would stay at the Merseyside club, despite the club’s failure to clinch a Champions League spot last season. Today, manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that he is confident about Gerrard’s stay.

Hodgson said to the media, “…Obviously Steven and Jamie are the playing heartbeat of the club and it's very important we keep people like that with us.

I anticipate there might be a situation where other big clubs will try and sign Steven, but he gave no indication that he wanted to leave.
Nobody at the club wants him to go so I will be doing my utmost to make sure he stays. I am confident he will.”

Steven Gerrard has so far been a ‘one club’ player as he did not play for any other club after coming through Liverpool youth side. Mourinho has always been an admirer of Steven Gerrard and tried to sign the midfielder on several times during his managerial stint at Chelsea.

Gerrard is now regarded as one of the legends of Liverpool after leading the club in their Champions League triumph in 2005. However, the club is now going through a financial crisis and their on-field performance is not good either. Last season, the All Reds finished 7th in the point table and it seems less likely the club would have enough quality players to retain their Champions League spot next season.

Meanwhile, manager Hodgson would also talk to Fernando Torres after he comes back from World Cup. The Spanish striker has been linked with a move to Chelsea who has already put £40 million in offer for the player.

Overall, it seems the future of Gerrard is still hanging in the balance as he has not spoken of his club future in the media after returning from South Africa.

1 comment:

  1. Liverpool are called the "Reds" not the "All Reds".