Anfield captain makes statement that can’t exactly please his supporters.
Steven Gerrard has plunged his Liverpool future into doubt after saying he will consider his options following the World Cup.
Gerrard is away on England duty with Fabio Capello’s squad but has faced questions over a possible summer move in the wake of a disappointing season at Anfield.
The Reds missed out on a place in the UEFA Champions League and came seventh in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez’sstewardship.
That has led to speculation that the mercurial captain may seek a move elsewhere next season, although he has so far refused to entertain such suggestions despite apparent interest from Real Madrid.
Next best move
But the 29-year-old, who nearly signed for Chelsea in 2004 before a dramatic U-turn, says he will weigh up his future after the tournament in South Africa.
Gerrard said in the Daily Star Sunday: “I won’t consider my future or think about what is going to happen to me until after the World Cup.
“After the World Cup you have three or four weeks of holiday to consider what the next best move will be for you.” (Sky Sports)
Lets imagine for a moment that the quote attributed to Steven Gerrard is accurate and not taken out of context (i.e. actually an answer to a completely different question) then surely this would be a tad worrying for Liverpool fans?
Not wishing to provoke anger with the Anfield masses but surely to make a statement like “I won’t consider my future..until after the World Cup” and that he will then “consider what the best move will be” is tantamount to saying that there is a decent chance that the 29 year old may well opt to leave the club in the summer?
I mean clearly if he had come out and said “I have no intention of leaving Liverpool Football Club” then there would be nothing for us to pick over needlessly. An indefinite statement will always cause people to speculate. Do Liverpool fans think that Gerrard’s words are in effect a coded way of saying he may well jump ship? Or are we all just nitpicking?