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Rio Ferdinand slams Liverpool for not showing Steven Gerrard ‘loyalty’ at the end of his career

Rio Ferdinand criticizes Liverpool for failing to show ‘local lad’ Steven Gerrard ‘loyalty’ towards the end of his career after the Reds legend turned down Chelsea’s ‘OBSCENE’ offer in favor of staying at Anfield a decade earlier

  • Steven Gerrard made 710 appearances for Liverpool in a 17-year span
  • He almost joined Chelsea in 2005 but stayed at Anfield and became a club legend
  • Rio Ferdinand has criticized the Reds for failing to repay that loyalty ten years later
  • Gerrard joined LA Galaxy in 2015 after a new deal with Liverpool failed to materialize
  • He said he would have stayed but the Reds planned to cut his playing time short

Rio Ferdinand has criticized Liverpool for a lack of loyalty towards Steven Gerrard towards the end of his playing career.

A youth fan of Reds, Gerrard joined the club at the age of nine and made 710 appearances in a 17-year professional career at Anfield – only Ian Callaghan and Jamie Carragher have made more.

However, it could have been very different. The midfielder came close to Chelsea in the summer of 2005 after telling Liverpool he wanted to leave following intense interest from the Blues.

Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool showed no loyalty to Steven Gerrard at the end of his career

Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool showed no loyalty to Steven Gerrard at the end of his career

But that move never materialized, of course, as Gerrard eventually signed a new contract at Merseyside and became a club legend.

Speaking of being FIVE podcast, Ferdinand criticized Liverpool for failing to repay that loyalty ten years later.

“Let’s look at the Steven Gerrard case, he’s been loyal to them,” the former defense attorney said. “He probably got obscene offers from Chelsea, they courted him, they tried every possible way to get through players, and what not to get hold of him and upset him.

“He got confused, flirted a bit with the idea, but really loyalty kept him at Liverpool. Whatever happened, he was courted by Chelsea. He decides to stay, but then he comes to the end of his career and the club doesn’t want to give him a new contract.”

Gerrard almost joined Chelsea in 2005 after just winning the Champions League with the Reds

Gerrard almost joined Chelsea in 2005 after just winning the Champions League with the Reds

But the English midfielder remained at Anfield for another decade and became a club legend

But the English midfielder remained at Anfield for another decade and became a club legend

Gerrard eventually left Liverpool to join LA Galaxy on the MLS side in 2015, after a new contract with Liverpool was not forthcoming.

The midfielder was 34 at the time and had retired from international service with England to focus on his club career. But the Reds looked to the future under Brendan Rodgers and planned to cut Gerrard’s playing time, which convinced him to leave.

He would spend only one season in the United States before retiring and starting his coaching career in the Liverpool academy.

But Ferdinand believes the Reds should have kept Gerrard close and help him start his transition into coaching when he was still a player.

Ferdinand thinks Liverpool shouldn't have let Gerrard join LA Galaxy in 2015 so easily

Ferdinand thinks Liverpool shouldn’t have let Gerrard join LA Galaxy in 2015 so easily

‘With in mind [he’s] arguably the club’s best player ever, who has had iconic moments at the football club and those young players who have stayed there, would have so much to offer with a culture, a mindset and someone they can look at and identify as a local boy, but she’ll let him go to LA Galaxy,” Ferdinand continued.

“He had the option to stay there as a player-coach and train him to be a coach in the system they have or a manager, but they chose to do something completely different and let him go to LA Galaxy. †

“So if you talk about loyalty, maybe if the club had an element of loyalty they might have left, you know what, because of that loyalty he shows us, we’re going to give him a little bit back at the end of the year. his career.’

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