Steven Gerrard has confirmed that if Liverpool have not offered him a new contract by the summer, then he will consider leaving Anfield for another club.
The Reds captain joined the Academy at the age of nine and has been one of the first names on the Liverpool team-sheet since 2000, becoming captain in 2003. However, Gerrard's contract expires in the summer and in an interview with the Daily Mail, confirmed that he would be willing to move elsewhere.
"I can only worry about this season because I'm only contracted until May," the retired England captain said.
Unthinkable exit now on the cards
"As it stands at the moment, I'm here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won't be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.
"We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision. If they don't come then I will see what's out there."
Balotelli gets strong defence from his captain
Gerrard also took his time out to defend out-of-form Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli after Jamie Carragher called him a 'panic buy' this week. The Italian has only scored two goals in 12 outings so far this season and has failed to score in seven Premier League appearances and Gerrard believes it will take time for the striker to settle at the club.
"You have to respect Jamie's opinion,” he said. “He knows football but it's too early to get on Mario's back.
"He just needs time to score the goals he needs to prove to people he is worthy of staying here. I am not going to judge him after 10 games.
"To come in after Suarez was always going to be a big ask and he's not feeling sorry for himself. He is working hard, doing extra shooting sessions.
"I've actually been impressed (with) the way he goes about his work. You hear all kinds of stories and rumours before you meet him, but he does all the work. I like the guy."
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