Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that both Manchester United and Manchester City were interested in signing him as a junior.
The 32-year-old England international makes the revelation in his new book, ‘Steven Gerrard: My Liverpool Story’, and admits that as soon as the Reds showed their interest, his decision was as good as made.
“Manchester United, Everton and Manchester City had all been in touch and basically Liverpool's interest snowballed from there,” reads an extract from the book, which is being serialized on the official Liverpool website.
“They didn't want one of their deadly rivals pinching a talent from under their noses and so invited me to go for a trial.”
In signing the player at the age of eight, Liverpool produced a transfer coup they could only dream of, with Gerrard going on to make 592 appearances for the club in all competitions after a Premier League debut in 1998.
Captain of the club for almost a decade, the central midfielder has also lifted notable silverware with the club, most memorably including the Champions League trophy after a penalty shootout victory against AC Milan in 2005.
Two FA Cup and three League Cup trophies have also been won during his spell to-date on Merseyside, although the Premier League title continues to elude one of the English game’s most celebrated players, as Manchester United and Manchester City both enjoy success.