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Steven Gerrard: 'I'd have stayed if Liverpool offered me a new deal earlier'

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Steven Gerrard will be heading to America when he leaves Liverpool this summer

Steven Gerrard will be heading to America when he leaves Liverpool this summer

Steven Gerrard will be heading to America when he leaves Liverpool this summer

STEVEN Gerrard says he knew his days at Liverpool were numbered when manager Brendan Rodgers did not offer him a new deal last summer.

The Reds captain confirmed last week that he would leave Anfield at the end of this season and a move to LA Galaxy in the summer is likely, though NASL side New York Cosmos - who have signed Spanish legend Raul - have said they are interested in taking Gerrard on board.

The long-serving midfielder says he's "not angry" about the failure of Rodgers to give him a contract extension but it's significant that Gerrard has used an interview today with the Liverpool Echo to make public the fact that he'd have stayed on for another season if the option was there.

"If a contract had been put in front of me in pre-season I would have signed it," he said.

"I'd just retired from England to concentrate all my efforts on Liverpool. I didn't want my club games to be tailored.

"My injury record had been fantastic for the past two and a half years and I had a great season from a personal point of view last season.

"It's all ifs, buts and hindsight now. That period between the summer and the end of November gave me thinking time.

"There's no blame and I'm not angry about it. There are other people in the squad and the club had other things to worry about.

"There is no finger pointing from me towards the manager or anyone else at the club."

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