It’s Official: Steven Gerrard Leaving Liverpool At The End of 2014-2015 Season

2 Jan

photoIt’s a bit of a jolt, isn’t it? No matter who you support, Stevie G & Liverpool are the OTP. So when the news that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season but not retiring from the game was announced this morning, it felt the like the world was knocked off its axis.

I really can’t think of anyone I know that doesn’t like or at the very least, respect Stevie. His love and loyalty for Liverpool can never be questioned. He is a Red through and through.

Here’s the statement from the LFC website:

Liverpool Football Club can confirm Steven Gerrard is to leave the club at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The Reds captain will bring the curtain down on a glittering Anfield career that has spanned nearly 17 years and included 10 trophies, as well as 695 appearances and 180 goals to date since joining the club’s youth system aged eight.

Gerrard will not retire from professional football at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. No decision on his new club has been made yet, but he will continue his career outside the United Kingdom and at a side that will not bring him into direct competition with Liverpool.

The 34-year-old admits it is with a heavy heart he will depart Liverpool, describing the decision as the ‘toughest of his life’, but has chosen to make it now to avoid speculation about his future.

Until then, the No.8 insists he will continue to concentrate all his efforts on helping Brendan Rodgers’ side achieve both domestic and European success.

Explaining his decision, Gerrard said: “This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time.

“I am making the announcement now so that the manager and the team are not distracted by stories or speculation about my future.

“Liverpool Football Club has been such a huge part of all our lives for so long and saying goodbye is going to be difficult, but I feel it’s something that’s in the best interests of all involved, including my family and the club itself.

“I’m going to carry on playing and although I can’t confirm at this stage where that will be, I can say it will be somewhere that means I won’t be playing for a competing club and will not therefore be lining up against Liverpool – that is something I could never contemplate.

“My decision is completely based on my wish to experience something different in my career and life and I also want to make sure that I have no regrets when my playing career is eventually over.

“I can’t thank Brendan, the owners and everyone at the club enough for how they’ve handled this and I am leaving on great terms. Also, I would like to thank my teammates and all the staff for their help and continued support.

“It is a very special place to be part of. It is my sincere hope and wish that one day I can return to serve Liverpool again, in whatever capacity best helps the club.

“One point that is important to make is that from now until the last kick of the last game of the season, I will be as fully committed to the team as I ever have been and giving everything I have to help Liverpool win games.

“My final message is for the people who make Liverpool Football Club the greatest in the world – the supporters.

“It has been a privilege to represent you, as a player and as captain. I have cherished every second of it and it is my sincere wish to finish this season and my Liverpool career on a high.”

It’s not exactly unexpected. Speculation has been swirling for ages, but it doesn’t make the news any easier to take. Xabi posted this simple tweet summing up his feelings on this bittersweet day.

There’s not too many one club players out there these days. They’re getting to be like unicorns. (I’m trying to think of someone besides Iker and I’m drawing a blank). But no matter where Stevie goes, he’ll never walk alone. The love and respect that football fans everywhere have for him regardless of club affiliation will follow him.

Now excuse me, I appear to have something in my eye and I’m sniffling. Must be catching a cold. Yes, that’s it. 😦

– Lozil

6 Responses to “It’s Official: Steven Gerrard Leaving Liverpool At The End of 2014-2015 Season”

  1. forzasusan January 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    I”m particularly sorry for fellow Watishista Mandy but I’d be happy to comfort her on the far side of the Hudson at Red Bull Arena if he should decide to come to NY

  2. Barbarossa January 2, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Here in England, it is big news.
    Xabi’s tweet was on the Guardian website and I simply went ughhh. And Gerrard’s declaration of not playing againpt Liverpool ever. Sigh.

    I suppose Totti is also a one-club man.

  3. Shan January 2, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Can’t forget about Xabi Prieto. And I think Iraola? and I know he’s retired, but Puyol was as well. and Iniesta (but let’s not forget to acknowledge his youth background really starting in Albacete 🙂 I respect one-club players, therefore this news makes me very sad.

  4. Katie Ann January 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    I couldn’t believe it when I first started seeing the news on Twitter. I’d echo you about Stevie, too: I don’t know anyone who dislikes him either.

    He can come to New England next. That would be fine by me.

  5. kfunk22 January 4, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    between xabi’s tweet and torres’ homecoming, it’s 2006 again!

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