Gerrard has announced that he will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has slammed the club for not doing more to keep hold of his one time teammate Steven Gerrard, report the Express, after the midfielder confirmed that he had made the decision to depart Anfield on a free transfer once the season draws to a close.
Carragher feels that the experienced Gerrard could pass on to the younger players at the club, potentially in a coaching role, will be a huge blow to Liverpool and that they should’ve attempted to do more to persuade him to extend his career long stay:
“It was Stevie’s decision, but could the club have maybe done a little bit more? Maybe spoken about a coaching role in the future to try to entice him to stay?”
“To lose that experience, which he can pass on to the youngsters at the academy and players in the first team now…I just look at that and think I would have liked to have seen him stay in some capacity.”
Carragher and Gerrard played together at Liverpool for much of their careers, forming the spine of the team that went on to win the 2005 Champions League title in astonishing circumstances under Rafa Benitez, although neither Anfield legend was able to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.
MLS outfit Los Angeles Galaxy are now favourites to complete the signing of Gerrard, who has indicated that he is not willing to stay in England and sign for a club other than Liverpool – which could prove to be a small crumb of comfort to the likes of Carragher.