Was Steven Gerrard right to stay at Liverpool?
Liverpool opinion: Steven Gerrard spurned the chance to join Chelsea - was his decision justified?
Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players ever to grace the Premier League, with a career spanning over three decades and an endless amount of accolades; it would be easy to say that the England skipper has enjoyed a career most footballers could only dream of.
However, there was once a time when the Liverpool talisman could have comfortably made it into any team in the world, in 2005 he was approached with a £32 million move to Chelsea.
Despite having won most tournaments a British player can win, should Gerrard have followed the advice of Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic and moved to “a big international club”?
Since his debut in 1998 against Blackburn, Gerrard and the ever-changing Liverpool side have won 11 trophies; including a Champions League title in 2005, but never the Premier League. Some would argue that had he taken the plunge and moved to Chelsea, he would have the long sought after medal he deserves. It could also be said that Gerrard has been producing match winning performances for over a decade, with the pressure piled high in recent years after the departures of overseas talents Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Had Gerrard moved to a higher profile club, such as Real Madrid, he would have been surrounded by excellence and not as pressurised into “carrying” the team. He also would have had the opportunity to play alongside some of the greatest players on the planet, such as Raul and Roberto Carlos.
Instead, he has been forced to share the pitch with the likes of Paul Konchesky and Djimi Traore. Hardly fitting for a man once deemed to be “the best in the world” by Zinedine Zidane.
However, credit where credit is due for his outstanding loyalty, one-club men are few and far between and he has earned international respect for his unwavering commitment to Liverpool.
With over six hundred appearances in all competitions, he has cemented his position as a Liverpool icon, along with the likes of Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler. Furthermore, despite their somewhat waning Premier League battles, he is in no short supply of medals.
Gerrard has clearly enjoyed his time at Liverpool and has led the team to more victories than most, to their current title of most decorated English club in history. In October 2013 he will celebrate his 10th year as Liverpool captain and it will undoubtedly be a day filled with cherished memories of a career filled with success and accomplishment.
No one could deny that Steven Gerrard has conquered British football in almost all its entirety, but it must be acknowledged that he could and probably should have achieved so much more.
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