På fredagen bekräftade Liverpool att Steven Gerrard kommer att lämna klubben efter den här säsongen.
Gerrad kommenterade sitt beslut: ”This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time.
”I am making the announcement now so that the manager and the team are not distracted by stories or speculation about my future.
”Liverpool Football Club has been such a huge part of all our lives for so long and saying goodbye is going to be difficult, but I feel it’s something that’s in the best interests of all involved, including my family and the club itself.
”I’m going to carry on playing and although I can’t confirm at this stage where that will be, I can say it will be somewhere that means I won’t be playing for a competing club and will not therefore be lining up against Liverpool – that is something I could never contemplate.
”My decision is completely based on my wish to experience something different in my career and life and I also want to make sure that I have no regrets when my playing career is eventually over.
”I can’t thank Brendan, the owners and everyone at the club enough for how they’ve handled this and I am leaving on great terms. Also, I would like to thank my teammates and all the staff for their help and continued support.
”It is a very special place to be part of. It is my sincere hope and wish that one day I can return to serve Liverpool again, in whatever capacity best helps the club.
”One point that is important to make is that from now until the last kick of the last game of the season, I will be as fully committed to the team as I ever have been and giving everything I have to help Liverpool win games.
”My final message is for the people who make Liverpool Football Club the greatest in the world – the supporters.
”It has been a privilege to represent you, as a player and as captain. I have cherished every second of it and it is my sincere wish to finish this season and my Liverpool career on a high.”
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Reaktioner från tidigare lagkamrater:
An era comes to the end with SG leaving LFC. I think he made the right call. What a career,what a player.Thx for the many wonderful moments.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) January 2, 2015
lucky to have played with this guy, so level headed for someone with special talent, evry football fan will miss him pic.twitter.com/qzn6q3gxhS
— Martin Kelly (@MartinKelly1990) January 2, 2015
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 1, 2015
What a player who has given LFC so much. It's time to support him and respect what must have been a very tough decision to make #SG08
— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) January 2, 2015
Stevie G. The biggest I have seen. Worked with, what a player outside and inside. Biggest spirit I never seen. LEGEND.
— Daniel Pacheco (@dani37pacheco) January 2, 2015
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Under torsdagskvällen uppger flera pålitliga journalister att Steven Gerrard kommer att lämna Liverpool efter den här säsongen.
Steven Gerrard is set to announce that he will leave Liverpool at the end of this season. MLS is his most likely destination.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) January 1, 2015
Steven Gerrard will announce tomorrow that he is leaving #LFC at the end of the season.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 1, 2015
Beskedet ser ut att offentliggöras imorgon och troligtvis väntar spel i MLS för Gerrard.