GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard leaves Liverpool with legend intact and on a positive note | Paul Wilson

Gerrard had one of the great English careers and he leaves Anfield on top, remembered for his inspirational qualities and steely determination• Liverpool win the European Cup in Istanbul• Gerrard equalises in 90th minute at 2006 FA Cup final• Gerrard calls time on Liverpool careerIf Steven Gerrard wishes to make a clean break with Liverpool, wind down his career in America and escape the unremitting attention that follows his every move on Merseyside, then that is all perfectly understandable. The slightly weird thing about the new year news is that that is more or less what Frank Lampard was aiming for too, yet the exact opposite has happened to the former Chelsea midfielder, who could easily add another title to his portfolio with Manchester City and is even exploring the possibility of staying on this side of the Atlantic until next season.Never mind for now about what New York City supporters think of that development. The point is that Lampard is two years older than Gerrard and still very much in demand, not just as a figurehead in MLS but as an invaluable points earner – witness his important cameo against Sunderland on New Year’s Day just as his old club were showing hitherto unsuspected vulnerability at White Hart Lane – for a team very much involved in the chase for major honours. Continue reading…