Dominic Matteo believes that Steven Gerrard’s “love” for Liverpool means that there’s no chance of him leaving Anfield at the end of the season.
The Kop captain is widely hailed one of English football’s best ever midfielders, and is thought of as a living legend on the red half of Merseyside for his commitment to the club and match-winning moments through his illustrious career.
But with his contract due to end when the current season finishes, the possibility of Liverpool without Gerrard is now firmly on the horizon.
The 34-year-old playmaker has already suggested that he’s not ready to retire, and with interest from America said to be strong, he could walk out on his boyhood club in just over six months’ time.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that a new contract offer is on the table, but it’s believed that Liverpool’s owners are looking to significantly reduce the skipper’s £140,000-per-week salary due to his advancing years.
Although Gerrard could secure a Bosman move as soon as January, Matteo is sure that the veteran ace will not be leaving just yet:
“I can’t see Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s come right the way through as a kid and is the heart and soul of the club.
“I’d love to see Steven finish his career at Liverpool. He’s got a decision to make. There’s the temptation of having a nice few years in America. He could take his family over there and have a different lifestyle.
“I think Steven will stay though because he loves Liverpool so much.”