Brendan Rodgers Did All He Could To Persuade Steven Gerrard To Stay At Liverpool

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Rodgers had dismissed criticism from Jamie Carragher that the club did not do enough to keep their captain.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he wanted captain Steven Gerrard to sign a new contract with the Reds and remain at Anfield beyond the end of the season, report the Daily Star, but the two parties view Gerrard’s role over the next couple of years differently, with the former England international wanting to remain a first team regular.

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The Reds had come in for a degree of criticism from their former central defender Jamie Carragher, who felt that they had not done enough to ensure that they kept hold of his former teammate, with Carragher suggesting that a coaching role was something that could’ve tempted Gerrard to stay.

This was rejected by Rodgers, however, who claimed that Gerrard is not yet interested in going into coaching and is currently only interested in elongating what has been an illustrious playing career at both domestic and international level:

“He wasn’t ready to go into coaching or anything like that yet. He sees himself very much as a player.”

“When he finishes as a player then we can look at coaching then as he is someone who would be brilliant to come back as part of the staff.”

Gerrard is expected to move to Major League Soccer when his Anfield contract comes to an end at the conclusion of the Premier League season, with MLS Cup holders Los Angeles Galaxy believed to be the frontrunners for a player who will become one of the biggest names to have played in the American league.

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