Steven Gerrard’s end of season Liverpool exit may be the result of a behind the scene’s power struggle at Anfield, according to former Wimbledon ace Marcus Gayle.
The Reds skipper announced last week that he will be signing for LA Galaxy at the end of the current campaign, where he’s likely to end his glittering career, after opting against penning a fresh contract on Merseyside.
Gerrard’s Merseyside deal is up in just under six months’ time, and the club’s decision to stall on extending his stay beyond 2015 is understood to have been a major factor in the 34-year-old’s impending exit.
And Gayle believes the whole saga may have something to do with a struggle for power off the pitch between the skipper and manager Brendan Rodgers:
“There must be something behind the scenes that has triggered the departure of Steven Gerrard, I am sure of that, because it doesn’t make much sense.” He told Zapsportz.com.
“It is only six months ago that he quit as England captain, retired as an England player, all in order to prolong his Liverpool career.
“Everyone at Anfield applauded that decision; that he put his club before his country, a tough decision for Stevie G. Yet here we are soon after that decision and he has been eased out of the club.
“Many people think that Stevie G might be managerial material, or at least be part of a managerial set up, and that might have happened sooner rather than later if the current manager was replaced in the summer.
“I am not saying this is all down to Brendan Rodgers, but there must be some underlying issues that have yet to emerge.
“There is more to it than we have been told, there is something missing. Because this player is not just a Liverpool legend, he is an England legend, not just an inspiration to his club but has been an inspiration to his country.
“It doesn’t make sense to allow such a big influence to leave Liverpool, and I can see him back at Anfield before too long.”
Gerrard is set to join LA Galaxy half way through the MLS season, where he will be one of the reigning champions’ Designated Players, alongside former Anfield team-mate, Robbie Keane.