Steven Gerrard To Leave Liverpool After 26 Years Of Loyal Service: Does The Word ‘Legend’ Do Him Justice?

Chris Wright

2nd, January 2015


By Chris Wright

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Steven Gerrard has announced that this current season will be his last with Liverpool, the one and only club he has represented in his 16 years as a professional footballer.

After several months of contract wrangling and discussions about his future role at Anfield, Gerrard went public shortly before close of play last night to confirm that he will no be renewing his deal when it expires this coming summer – leaving him free to negotiate pre-contract terms with interested parties as of now.

“This has been the toughest decision of my life, one both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time,” an emotional Gerrard told BBC Sport.

The outgoing Reds skipper also confirmed that he would not be signing for a potential rival as he could “never contemplate” facing Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers has already said that the word “legend” doesn’t really do Gerrard justice and, at least as far as Liverpool themselves are concerned, we’re inclined to agree.

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A decidedly scrawny-looking Gerrard makes his Liverpool debut, Nov 1998

Milestones, stats, trophy hauls and influence aside, Gerrard is Liverpool – or at least the Liverpool of the last decade or so.

That goal against Olympiakos; that goal against West Ham; the countless others like them; all the times he’s carried them single-handedly, rescued them from the brink; even the infamous slip: Gerrard’s been the one constant in an era of rarefied peaks and mundane troughs for Liverpool Football Club.

The guy’s an icon, there’s no two ways about it.

He’s been there for the last 26 – twenty six! – years; since the age of eight! It’s all he and we have ever known.

Indeed, Pies are not Liverpool sympathists by any stretch of the imagination but even so, there’s going to be a weird feeling in the pit of our stomach the first time we see him wearing another club’s shirt.

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  1. Lady B says:

    Thank you Chris. There’s going to be a large piece of the heart of every Liverpool fan broken, when he leaves :(

  2. bert says:

    Yeah ,dont trip over your wallet on the way out gerrard

  3. Linda says:

    I can’t imagine not being able to randomly blurt out Stevie’s name with utter fondness and adulation while watching my horrible/wonderful Liverpool play. I can’t imagine seeing him anywhere else. I can’t imagine what that last home match will feel like for him or for all the fans in attendance. I’m not ready for it. I though it was awkward watching him play right after the slip. Watching the rest of the season will be like one long, heart-breaking extended version of that. I already have enough dread watching them as it is.
    Liverpool, you’re making me a drunk.
    What was I saying?

  4. Bestie says:

    A poor man’s Paul Scholes

  5. Anonymous says:

    LOL@ “a poor man’s Scholes” Gerrard could do everything Scholes could do except better…but scholes is a bit better at flying in a day late on tackles, I’ll give you that.

  6. Bestie says:

    Everything except shooting, scoring and passing….oh, and winning titles

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