Steven Gerrard wants to help Liverpool into the Premier League’s top four and success in the FA Cup in his final season at the club, ESPN has reported.
Gerrard announced earlier in the season that he would be calling time on his Anfield career this summer, with a move to MLS side LA Galaxy in the offing. The 34-year-old has spent his entire career with the Reds, making his senior debut in November 1998, becoming captain in 2003 and going on to play more than 700 times, scoring almost 200 goals.
Liverpool, fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-place Manchester United, are through to the cup quarter-final but face a replay before reaching the next round after a goalless draw at home to Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Should they come through the match at Ewood Park they would meet Aston Villa in the semi-final, while Arsenal play the winners of the Bradford City-Reading tie in the other semi.
Gerrard said at an event to promote a charity game later this month that ending his Liverpool career with Champions League qualification and the only piece of silverware available to the club now this year would be the ideal way to go out, and also confirmed he is ready to return to action after a spell on the sidelines.
“I’ve just got over a hamstring injury. I’m fit and available for the next game,” he said. “I want to finish the season really strongly. I want to leave the team in the top four, and go all the way in the FA Cup. That’s how I want to sign off.”
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