Steven Gerrard has revealed that he would have remained a Liverpool player, if the club had offered him a new contract last summer.
The club captain was offered a new-deal in November but has opted to end his glistening career at Anfield for the luxury life of MLS at L.A. Galaxy.
Gerrard told BBC Sport “If a contract had been put in front of me in pre-season I would have signed it.”
“I’d just retired from England to concentrate all my efforts on Liverpool,” added Gerrard, who has scored 182 goals in 696 appearances for the club. “I didn’t want my club games to be tailored.
“My injury record had been fantastic for the past two and a half years and I had a great season from a personal point of view last season.
“It’s all ifs, buts and hindsight now. That period between the summer and the end of November gave me thinking time.”
Not wanting to be a squad player played a huge role in Gerrard’s decision. Despite feeling well and able to continue lengthy seasons, it appeared to be that Brendan Rodgers felt Gerrard is in need of reserving.
“It simply came down to the fact that the idea of becoming a squad player didn’t excite me or motivate me,” added Gerrard, who will earn about £6m over 18 months at LA Galaxy.
“I’ve never wanted to be a squad player. If I was missing games now, I’d be sitting out even more next season. I knew it would get worse and worse as time went on.”
So, if Liverpool had offered Stevie G a contract in the summer, would any of this of happened?