Steven Gerrard has revealed regret at deciding to leave Liverpool months before Jurgen Klopp began his now eight-year tenure at Anfield.
Gerrard had the option of a one-year contract ahead of the 2015-16 season but chose instead to finish his career with MLS side LA Galaxy after Brendan Rogers told him his playing time would be reduced ahead of the new season.
Now the ex-Liverpool skipper has, with the benefit of hindsight, admitted that he would have stayed a season longer if it meant working with Jurgen Klopp.
Brendan Rogers was sacked in October 2015, with Klopp coming in to replace him just four days later.
In a TikTok clip posted by The Anfield Wrap, Gerrard gave an honest verdict on his decision to leave Liverpool when he did:
“I was devastated. I obviously made a decision not to sign a year extension to go to America, whereas if I’d took the extension, I might have got six months under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.”
“But obviously being under Brendan’s management at the time, I was getting told my game time was gonna get less and less.
“I didn’t wanna be a sub for Liverpool, I didn’t wanna be a squad player. I still felt that I was the best midfielder there at the time.”
“But in hindsight, if I’d have knew what was gonna come off, 100%, I’d have signed the year extension, and I’d have put up with four to five months of Brendan to get six months of Klopp, for sure.”
Gerrard was quite harsh to his former manager Brendan Rogers during his assessment.
The pair were very close to delivering Premier League success to Anfield during the 2013/14 season, but ultimately fell short at the final hurdles.
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