Steven Gerrard has called it a day on his accolade-heavy playing career despite links to Celtic, Inter Milan, and Newcastle amongst other destinations.
The Liverpool man, who spent the last two seasons with LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, explained his decision in an interview with Gary Lineker.
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Gerrard said the last few months at the LA Galaxy told him the end was coming, that he was lacking a bit of sharpness and picking up more injuries than before.
His honesty Thursday was terrific, and shows he’ll probably be as vocal as anyone as he heads to the coaches bench and pundit’s booth. Gerrard said he’ll be doing some analyst’s work with BT Sport overseas, and told Gary Lineker the following:
“You get aware of this time coming toward the end. The body starts talking to you. The pains and the aches get more regular. The way you feel on the pitch changes. Over the last couple years I felt myself slowing down a little bit if you. I basically can’t deliver what I used to be able to deliver. That becomes a little bit frustrating as time goes on.
“I’ve listened to important people over the game who’ve said to me, ‘Go with a tiny bit left. Never overstay your welcome and play on too long where it becomes embarrassing.’ I can feel that’s not too far away, so now is the right time.”
Gerrard also espoused his passion for Liverpool when Lineker quizzed him on what the club means to him.
“The world. I started supporting the club at a very young age. A lot of my family are Reds. The way the club shaped me and treated me from a young age and turned me into a decent human being and a footballer, I’ve got a lot to thank them for.”
Full interview below: