Gerrard interview – explosive stuff from ex-Reds skipper!
The 35-year-old midfielder, now in the MLS with LA Galaxy, has aimed a dig at the club’s management over his exit, whilst also hinting that he’s played with a lot of colleagues who didn’t care about results as much as he did.
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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Gerrard said he would have considered remaining at Anfield as a squad player if he’d also been offered a coaching position by manager Brendan Rodgers.
“What would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving,” he explained.
“I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a No 1, No 2, No 3 or No 4.
“Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new No 2, or No 3 or No 4. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.
“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy.”
Gerrard added that he misses the buzz of playing for a big club in more competitive games, though he also hinted that some of his old team-mates did not share this passion or willingness to win.
“I loved the game, the travelling, the medals and representing Liverpool. I didn’t mind responsibility, the pressure of being the captain of one of the world’s biggest clubs,” he said.
“I’m often asked, ‘Do players care? Does it hurt when you lose?’ Yes, I’ve played with some players who might not have hurt, but I do.”