Liverpool Football Club of England Friday announced that Steven Gerrard will not be signing a new contract, meaning the current campaign will be his last as a Reds player, through the club’s official Twitter: ‘‘#LFC can confirm that Steven Gerrard is to leave the club at the end of the 2014-15 season #LFCicon’’.
The club released an accompanying statement on their official website, in which the iconic captain is quoted as follows: ‘‘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 can’t thank Brendan Rodgers, 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 team-mates and all the staff for their help and continued support.’’
In the aforementioned statement, Gerrard confirms he will continue his playing career, but that he’ll never line up against the Reds: ‘‘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.’’
Manager Brendan Rodgers was unashamed in his praise for the midfielder, through the club’s official webste: ‘‘It is almost an impossible task to find the words to appropriately sum up Steven Gerrard and his importance to Liverpool. This is an era where the word ‘legend’ is vastly overused, but in his case it actually doesn’t do him justice. From a personal point of view, I will always have gratitude for the support he gave me when I arrived here as manager.’’