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Steven Gerrard set to announce Liverpool departure - MLS move likely

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Steven Gerrard will on Friday announce his decision to leave Liverpool this summer when his current deal comes to an end, numerous reports suggest this evening.

Gerrard's future has been the subject of much debate this season with reports of stalled negotiations and his decreasing role in Brendan Rodgers' plans adding to suggestions that the veteran midfielder could seek to leave Anfield.

Now Oliver Kay, chief correspondent for The Times, has revealed the life-long Liverpool man plans to confirm his departure plans on Friday.

As noted by The Times' Merseyside reporter Tony Barrett, Gerrard is likely to follow former England teammate Frank Lampard in heading to Major League Soccer.

David Beckham's former employers LA Galaxy appear to be the most likely destination for the man who has spent his entire career to date with Liverpool.

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End of an era

Steven Gerrard has made 695 appearances for his boy hood club, scoring 180 goals in the process, and has become one Liverpool's greatest ever players in the process. Captaining the side for the majority of his career he has been integral to the Merseyside club's successes in recent years.

From leading the team to Champions League final glory in 2005, or his heroic captain's performance in the 2006 FA Cup final he has engrained himself in the folklore of the club.

Fans will have been hoping to see him call time on his career in a Liverpool shirt but while his time with Liverpool now has a definite end date fans will look back fondly on what Gerrard has done for the team since his debut.

Final season

Reports suggest that Gerrard's decision to confirm his planned departure this early in the season is in order to prevent his future becoming an even bigger distraction for Brendan Rodgers' team over the remainder of the season.

Gerrard has, at times this season, seen his role in the team reduced and has been on the bench for several games.

Now aged 34, the midfielder is clearly hoping to begin a new chapter in his illustrious career come the summer of 2015.

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