Almost ten years ago, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was on the brink of moving to Chelsea for £32m. The Liverpool legend, however, decided to turn down the Pensioners to sign a new contract with his boyhood club and the rest is, as they say, history.
Now, Gerrard’s current deal is set to expire at the end of June next year, meaning he could be once again on the brink of leaving Anfield.
If the one-time Champions League winner’s contract isn’t renewed and he does leave the club, here are FIVE clubs Gerrard could play for next.
Gerrard has been recently linked with a move to New York Cosmos. If he does take this option he would link up with Spanish legend Raul, who has recently signed for the American club. Before you all become confused, New York Cosmos play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), and are not part of the MLS. Therefore, none of the salary cap or designated player rules in that division apply here. However, there isn’t as much money or popularity in the NASL (The nation’s equivalent of the Championship, but with no chance of promotion) compared to the MLS so this move is unlikely to happen.
Another club that could be interested in the Englishman are Manchester City. The Citizens might pick up Gerrard in a similar loan deal to Frank Lampard has now if he decides to move to the United States. Playing in England whilst they are in their off season across the pond will keep the midfielder fit and healthy and ready for when either the new MLS or NASL season begins. Like Lampard as well, he would only be a squad filler here, and with his loyalties to Liverpool as well, a move to another English club might be off the cards completely.
PSG could be another destination for Gerrard. The oil-rich French club would have no problem paying whatever wage demands the Englishman requests. They also have the ambition of winning their respective league and the Champions League, which will grab Gerrard’s interest as well. ‘Stevie G’ hasn’t won a Champions League since Liverpool defeated AC Milan in 2005.
Italian giants Juventus may also be interested in acquiring Gerrard. Gerrard could slot in alongside Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo in what some may call a dream team line up. The midfielder might be keen with a move to Italy after seeing how well Ashley Cole has done at Roma, Micah Richards at Fiorentina, and David Beckham during his time at AC Milan.
A move to Germany could also be on the cards for Gerrard. Borussia Dortmund is a team that could be interested in him. Their star midfielder Marcos Reus is expected to leave the club sometime soon and the Liverpool midfielder would be an ideal replacement. His age, 34, might be a bit off-putting as they aim to be a contender in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, but he would be a good short term solution.