Steven Gerrard has claimed if he had received an offer for a new deal in the summer he would continue to be a Liverpool player, Sky
The 34-year-old Kop legend announced last week that he would be ending his career long association with Liverpool once his current contract expires in the summer – and is already closing in on a big money deal with MLS franchise LA Galaxy.
The club captain however has revealed he would have signed on the dotted line if a new offer was put to him during preseason, instead of when it eventually came in November – after manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his plans to use Gerrard in a more sparing role.
Indeed Gerrard has been on the bench more regularly than anyone anticipated at the start of the season, especially with the midfielder retiring from England duty after the World Cup in Brazil, and missed important games such as their Champions League clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Gerrard said: “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. 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.
“There’s no blame and I’m not angry about it. There are other people in the squad and the club had other things to worry about.
“There is no finger pointing from me towards the manager or anyone else at the club.”
Gerrard insists no one, especially Brendan Rodgers, is to blame for any part of the situation.
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