Liverpool have suffered a massive blow after their skipper Steven Gerrard announced his decision to leave Anfield at the end of the season.
The midfielder, who came up through the Reds’ academy made his first team debut in 1998. He was the leader in the middle of the pitch and was one of the key players for the Merseyside club during his time at Anfield.
Gerrard is now eligible to hold negotiations with a foreign club and sign a pre-contract agreement. It is not clear whether the former England international has agreed terms with any of the clubs so far.
However, one thing is very certain that Gerrard has confirmed that he will not be playing for any Premier League club.
“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,” Gerarrd told Liverpool’s official website.
“My decision is completely based on my wish to experience something different in my career and life and I also want to make sure that I have no regrets when my playing career is eventually over.”
“I can’t thank Brendan, the owners and everyone at the club enough for how they’ve handled this and I am leaving on great terms. Also, I would like to thank my teammates and all the staff for their help and continued support,” he added.
If the reports are to be believed, Liverpool legend is likely to make a switch to America with his eyes set to play in the Major League Soccer. Several clubs are after his services and it should be seen whether he will be able to agree a deal soon with one of the MLS outfits.