Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made the announcement that no Liverpool fan would have wanted to hear. Gerrard decided that he will leave his boyhood club and move away from the Merseyside club in the summer, while millions of Liverpool fans had dreaded that this day was coming, no one expected it to be this soon with Gerrard still having a couple of seasons in him, at 34 years age.
Liverpool did offer him a contract extension but he didn’t sign that and seems to be weighing up his options for the summer, we look at where Gerrard could be headed in the summer of 2015.
The new destination for most footballers, The MLS first got its hit of a big name English player when David Beckham joined the Los Angeles Galaxy. The MLS has got its fair share of former Premier League players with Jermaine Defoe, Robbie Keane and Bradley Wright Phillips to name a few.
The La Galaxy and New York Red Bulls are a couple of “franchises” who are looking to get a player in, New York recently saw Thierry Henry retire from the game and could do with someone like Gerrard. The MLS might be the perfect place for Gerrard at the moment with the league not at the highest level in terms of quality and he would not have to play at a 110% like he has been doing for Liverpool, he would also get a chance to move across the shore and learn more about the American culture and settle there with his young family.
It isn’t a hidden fact that Carlo Ancelloti rates Steven Gerrard very highly and has spoken about his quality as well. Gerrard was courted by a lot of clubs and Madrid were just one of the few; even Barcelona’s players spoke highly of Gerrard.
The only issue would be that Gerrard would rather be on the bench more than playing regularly, if Gerrard is ready for such a role with Madrid, he could be a great addition to the Madrid bench and could provide them with something different at Madrid. Would Gerrard be willing to take a more reduced playing role at Madrid? That is something we will get to know.
Finishing is career with a league medal would be the final requirement for Gerrard and moving to Bayern Munich would ensure that would happen. Bayern dominate the Bundesliga and look set to win another league this time around, next summer Gerrard could end up in Pep Guardiola’s team and would give them a lot of steel in midfield. Bastian Schweinsteiger was injured for quite a while this season and Gerrard could provide cover at Munich.
He already has ex-teammate Xabi Alonso playing there and he has shone very well at Munich, a reunion with the Spanish midfielder could be the final move for Gerrard to ensure he ends his career with a league winner’s medal.