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GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool – live reaction

Reds midfielder set to leave Anfield at end of the seasonDaniel Taylor: Gerrard makes right call in ending remarkable Liverpool careerIn pictures: defining moments from Gerrard’s career LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls understood to be interested 8.35am GMT Steven Gerrard is set to confirm he is to leave Liverpool at the end of the season. His 17-year Anfield career will come to an end when his contract expires at the end of the season.Here’s Andy Hunter on what is next for the Liverpool captain:Gerrard has not agreed a pre-contract deal with another club and remains open-minded about his next destination but is believed to be considering several offers from MLS. LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls are understood to be keen on the 34-year-old, as are several clubs in the Middle East, and the former England captain is leaning towards taking his young family to the United States. Gerrard has always been tremendously hard on himself and it will have pained him that his deterioration has been so obvious. He is 35 on his next birthday, on the date of the FA Cup final, and plainly that is not an impossible age to continue for Liverpool when we see Frank Lampard, 23 months his senior, still excelling in Manchester City’s colours. Yet Sir Alex Ferguson once described Lampard as a “freak” because of the way he barely missed a match and applied the same word to explain Ryan Giggs’s longevity. Gerrard has a different playing style: the all-action hero, the leader, the man who would throw himself into tackles and take it upon himself to try to grab a game by its lapels. And age catches up with even the greatest in the end. Continue reading…

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