The Reds skipper has publically revealed that he is prepared to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season when his current deal ends if he’s not offered fresh terms, throwing his future into doubt.
Speaking ahead of the Merseysiders’ weekend defeat at Newcastle, manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that extending the 34-year-oid’s stay is of importance to him and that talks are on the agenda.
And now reports have revealed that Fenway Sports Group are keen to ensure that Gerrard remains at Anfield, but on a lower salary.
With the midfielder now at the end of his glittering career they believe that he no longer warrants such a vast outlay, and that a salary in the region of half of his current £180,000-per-week earnings is sufficient.
It’s understood that a two-year deal – with the second 12 months dropping to an even lower salary – is an option, with a view to ‘Stevie G’ becoming a coach or stepping into an ambassadorial role.
Gerrard himself wants a salary nearer to his current wage, which Liverpool may move nearer to via performance-related add-ons.
The news may anger some sections of the club’s fans who are keen to see their captain’s loyalty and consistent performances rewarded with a good contract, however FSG will argue that funds could be better used to attract world class players.