Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is nearing the end of his long career with the club, with him set to depart for a new chapter of his career in the United States in a matter of weeks, and he has now opened up to reveal his real motivation for leaving, the Daily Star reports.
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The 34-year-old is willing to walk out on his boyhood club because he fears turning into a bit part player after so long as the main man.
Manager Brendan Rodgers did actually offer him a new deal to stay at Anfield for another year, but could not give him any guarantees over how much playing time he’d get if he stayed.
Gerrard is aware that at his age he needs to be playing as much as he can before he hangs up his boots, and the opportunity to move to the MLS outfit would allow him to do just that.
“I didn’t feel I’d enjoy it as much at Liverpool if I became a squad player or a bit-part player,” he said.
“I still have the same attitude and hunger that I’ve always had. I want to play games from the start and win.
“I still want to challenge for honours. All of that combined means LA Galaxy is the ideal place for the next part of my career.
“Since I got into the first-team set-up nearly 17 years ago, I’ve lived my life for Liverpool Football Club.
“I wake up every day wanting success just as much as the fans.
“I’ve been that way for an awful long time and it’s been a privilege to captain our club. I’ve loved wearing the armband.
“At the same time, it will be nice to step away from that intensity and take a deep breath, I’ll be able to go and enjoy the remaining years of my career without that same level of pressure.
“I’m coming up to the age of 35 now and I’m in the fortunate posit-ion where I can give my family a completely new experience.
“I can withdraw from Liverpool FC for a while and look in on it.”