Paul Ince cannot believe that Liverpool have not handed Steven Gerrard a new contract, with the Reds captain’s deal set to expire in just over six months’ time.
The 34-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career with his hometown club, but has recently admitted that he will move on if he’s forced to.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated on multiple occasions that he wants to keep Gerrard, but the Anfield side’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are reluctant to offer him a new contract on his current £140,000-per-week wage.
They believe the veteran doesn’t deserves to be on such a salary, with his advancing years meaning that he no longer represents value for money.
Gerrard can discuss a free transfer to other interested sides from the start of next months, and has already been linked with sides in the MLS as well as the likes of Manchester City.
And Ince cannot understand why such an important player has been allowed to get into such a situation:
“For me, Stevie G should be the first name on the Liverpool team sheet. It is sad his contract situation has been allowed to fester.” He is quoted by The Express.
“You shouldn’t give anyone a contract out of sentiment but look at what he’s still doing for the club. He’s only 34 and the team struggled against Sunderland without him.”