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Steven Gerrard: I would have won titles if Brendan Rodgers had been here since 2004

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Brendan Rodgers, right, admits he will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Steven Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers, right, admits he will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Steven Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers, right, admits he will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard says he would have won the Premier League if Brendan Rodgers took the Liverpool job 10 years ago.

The Kop stalwart leaves for the MLS in America this summer with plenty of honours but a Premier League title is not one of them.

Gerrard's, and Liverpool's, big chance of ending their Premier League title drought came last year when an infamous slip by Gerrard against Chelsea led to the defeat that would ultimately cost Brendan Rodgers' men the coveted trophy.

In an interview today with LFC TV, Gerrard says he would have more success to toast under Rodgers if he was Liverpool manager in 2004.

Rafa Benitez was Liverpool gaffer from 2004 to 2010, during which time Gerrard spearheaded Liverpool to a European Cup and FA Cup.

After Benitez, both Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish endured unhappy spells as manager before Rodgers' arrival in 2012.

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Steven Gerrard has been more than a dressing-room leader for Liverpool, more than the go-to man when the pressure is on during matches. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Steven Gerrard has been more than a dressing-room leader for Liverpool, more than the go-to man when the pressure is on during matches. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Steven Gerrard has been more than a dressing-room leader for Liverpool, more than the go-to man when the pressure is on during matches. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Gerrard said: "I wish I was 24, I wish I’d met Brendan when I was 24 because I think I’d be sitting here talking about a lot of titles that we’d won together. The reality is, Brendan came into this club when I was 32 years of age and it's a shame that relationship didn’t start 10 years ago."

Rodgers confirmed yesterday that he could no longer guarantee Gerrard first-team football and the player himself confirmed that this was a key factor in his decision.

Gerrard said: "The key conversation or moment was with the manager when he sat me down not so long ago and said it was time to manage my games for me and for the team.

"I'm bright enough to realise it is the right thing for everyone, but when you've been a starter and a mainstay in the team for such a long time, it was a very difficult conversation to have with the manager.

"I accept it and I'll continue to give everything I've got, whether I'm starting, coming off the bench or whatever, but that was the key conversation that swung me to deciding to come away for a short while.

"I had an idea the conversation was going to come at some time, but it was a painful conversation to have and that was the key moment - along with other things over the last six to 12 months, but that was the conversation. That was the key one."

Gerrard welcomed Liverpool's suggestion he should return to Anfield as a coach or manager at some point in the future.

He said: "I’d like to help in whatever capacity that may be. If I sit down with the people who are running the club at that time and they see a role for me where I can help the team or help young kids to become players, of course I will consider it because, as you say, it’s been such a big part of my life."

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