Out-going Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that the thought of becoming just a squad player at his boyhood club next season is the reason for him leaving at the end of the current campaign, Mirror Online reports.
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The Reds skipper is preparing for his Anfield farewell against Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon before he heads to the United States to begin a new chapter in his football career with MLS side LA Galaxy.
His absence is sure to be felt as he is currently the club’s top goalscorer with 12 goals to his name in all competitions and has scored in each of his last two games including the equaliser in the 1-1 draw against newly-crowned champions Chelsea at the weekend.
But the iconic former England captain says that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’ plan to use him sparingly next season played a major part in his decision to bring his long association with the Merseyside outfit to an end:
“I think the signs this year were that I’m going to become a squad player, play less.” Gerrard said (via Mirror Online)
“When a manager gets you into the office, and says that’s going to change and it’s going to become more limited – that’s when you make your decision.” he added.