Let’s say you worked one job, at the same company, all your life, before suddenly uprooting yourself, your family and setting up shop somewhere completely foreign to you and yours. Would you miss the life you left behind?
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Chances are, you probably would. So, it comes as little or no surprise that Liverpool legend and current LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard really misses his home, his club and the last 27 years of his life back on Merseyside.
Speaking as part of the publicity tour for his upcoming book, which is due to go on sale soon, Gerrard has revealed just how much he misses life back in England, the Premier League and Liverpool Football Club.
All quotes from the Daily Mail:
“Yeah, I do miss it. I miss everything about it. When I switch on the TV and see the stadiums, with 50, 60, 70,000 people — the aggression, the intensity, the tension. I am jealous,’ admits Gerrard.
“I miss the build-up, competing with better players, I miss being Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and walking out in front of my people with that pressure and trying to get a result for them.
“Yes, I felt like s*** some days because we lost. I would ask myself, “why are you putting yourself through this?” but the contrast is when you beat one of the top sides, the texts are flying in on your phone and you are on top of the world. I miss that.
“As much I am enjoying it out here with a fresh challenge, I’d like nothing better than being 25 again and with 10 years ahead of me in the Premier League, playing for Liverpool, but I’ve had my time”
There is, of course, an adjustment period for any foreign transplant, especially when that transition takes place at the age of 35 and comes on the heels of two decades of living life in the spotlight of all spotlights.
Gerrard says that eventually he wants to go into coaching, perhaps even managing. Any Liverpool fans out there that don’t have daydreams of the day he’s announced as the Reds’ new manager? Didn’t think so.