Liverpool's Steven Gerrard yet to decide which MLS team he will sign for
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will be moving to a club in the United States when his contract ends in the summer -- but has yet to decide which MLS team he will join.
Gerrard, 34, has been strongly linked with following in the footsteps of David Beckham and Robbie Keane to sign for MLS champions LA Galaxy, but in an interview with the Reds' TV channel he insisted he has not yet made a decision on where he will play his football.
The ex-England captain said: "I didn't want it to drag through January and there to be stories in the papers about 'is he staying, is he coming, is he going there,' Brendan [Rodgers] facing questions from the media and the players [facing questions]. I don't think that's fair and I've always tried to be respectful to other people.
"I told the manager as early as I could that it was time to move on. I wanted the announcement out there after the Leicester game because we had a bigger space between Leicester and the Wimbledon game to try to get it out of the way, put it to bed and focus on the other games.
"I can tell the supporters at the moment that it will be America. I'll be going to play in America. But I'm not over the line with any team just yet. I'm close and as soon as I know, I'll make the announcement, I'll do the bits and bobs that I need to do. Then we try to go and win a trophy and forget about Steven Gerrard for a bit."
He went on to praise the impact Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has had on him in the last couple of seasons.
Gerrard added: "I had an idea it [leaving the club] was going to come at some time -- I'm a human, not a robot. I'm not 24. I wish I was 24, I wish I'd met Brendan [Rodgers] when I was 24 because I think I'd be sitting here talking about a lot of titles that we'd won together.
"The reality is, Brendan came into this club when I was 32 years of age and it's a shame that relationship didn't start 10 years ago.
"I had an idea the conversation was going to come at some time, but it was a painful conversation to have and that was the key moment -- along with other things over the last six to 12 months, but that was the conversation. That was the key one."
He might only have six months left at the Merseyside club, but Gerrard still wants more success: "I think, where I'm sitting at the moment, realistically, we've still got a chance of finishing in the top four and that's the most important thing for the club, for obvious reasons. That would be a great achievement after the start we've made in the league.
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"But from a selfish point of view, it's always a trophy and it's always medals, for me. That's what people remember and that's what the club is all about. It's about success and history. The day you make your debut for this club, the pressure and the responsibility is on your shoulders to keep delivering trophies to add to that wonderful history.
"I've lived with that for so long and I'll live with it for another six months and try my best to add one or two more."
But he underlined his desire to return to the club in another capacity one day, if the opportunity arises.
"I think that's more in hope [coming back]," he explained. "I'll only come back and serve the club if I feel as if I can help. I'll always be a fan, of course, no matter what happens in the future. But I think that's something I'll have to consider.
Teams captained: Liverpool, England.
Trophies won: FA Cup (2001, 2006); League Cup (2001, 2003, 2012); Champions League (2005); UEFA Cup (2001); UEFA Super Cup (2001, 2005).
"I think when you've been part of a club like this for so long and you've contributed in the way I've tried to, I'd always want that to stay the same in the future. I wouldn't like to come back just to be Steven Gerrard the player and just be around. I'd like to help in whatever capacity that may be.
"If I sit down with the people who are running the club at that time and they see a role for me where I can help the team or help young kids to become players, of course I will consider it because, as you say, it's been such a big part of my life."
Gerrard, 34, has spent his entire career at Anfield, making his first-team debut in 1998, and has won trophies including the Champions League, UEFA Cup and two FA Cups.