The English midfielder and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard finally called it a day in his long football career on Thursday. It has been 19 long years that Gerrard has served football with his brilliant display and entertained football lovers across the world. And it is time that we hear his swan song.
Steven Gerrard ended his 19-year long career after a two-year stint with Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer, USA. All these years Gerrard has made 710 appearances for his boyhood club Liverpool. He is also the longest-serving captain for the 19-time English Premier League champion. He has been the part of many major tournaments where Liverpool had triumphed, and that list includes two FA Cup titles which Liverpool won in 2001 & 2006 and three League Cup titles the latest of which came in 2012. The biggest glory in his Liverpool career came when he won the UEFA Champions League in 2001. He has also won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield with Liverpool. For England, Steven Gerrard has played in 114 matches, which is the fourth highest in the list of the all-time most number of appearances for England just behind Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
The latest news has revealed that this decision of retirement might just pave the way for a Liverpool comeback for Steven Gerrard. In fact, he was offered a job as the manager of LA Galaxy but gave it up telling that he felt it would be too early to take such a responsibility. This might just kindle the speculation Gerrard making a comeback to the Anfield as a future manager of the club.
He has been quoted saying in a statement, “I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. As a teenager, I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years…”
Regarding his future plans, he did not mention anything particularly, but there were definite hints that he wants to remain associated actively with the game in future as well. Regarding that, Steven Gerrard has remarked, “I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider some options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”
However, one thing that remains unfulfilled in Steven Gerrard’s career is the English Premier League. He has never won a Premier League as a Liverpool career. May be, that’s the thing he would want to change in future. And that will be possible only when he makes a comeback in the sideline as Liverpool manager. However, the wait must go on to find out whether Steven Gerrard will become the Liverpool manager in future or not.