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Steven Gerrard must chose his next move carefully

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Can he still cut it? Clearly Brendan Rodgers is building a team for the future. Steven Gerrard himself must know that this may restrict his playing time. This is not a reflection on his ability but rather a realisation that his best days are now behind him and the time has come for Liverpool’s younger players.

I am sure, though, that even the most hard-core Kopite would agree that Gerrard’s performances over much of 2014 were far removed from his previous feats. High profile errors show this clearly.

His misplaced header during the World Cup allowed Luis Suarez to eliminate England. This just after his fateful slip against Chelsea virtually gift-wrapped the title for Manchester City. Such mistakes can happen to anyone, but would this happen to the Gerrard of old? I wonder.

In spite of this though Gerrard’s leadership, technique and all round presence still make him an asset. There is no doubt he could still perform for any other club but perhaps not at his once lethal best.

Farewell to the Premier League

The Liverpool midfielder has already insisted that he will not join another English club. Completely understandable from a player who has made such a huge impact at one club.

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However, perhaps Gerrard should not disregard this totally. As a pure football man, Gerrard must know the impact the Premier League has had on the game and know that it may weaken if he leaves.

A move to one of the Reds' league rivals would surely not damage his reputation at Liverpool. I am sure Frank Lampard had the same thoughts when he left Chelsea. After a protracted period, Lampard is now at Chelsea’s main title rival. Will this harm his reputation as a Stamford Bridge legend? Absolutely not.

Should he just stay put?

There is no question that Gerrard will return to Anfield in some capacity. If he wishes to pick up where he left of he could easily embark upon this now.

Rodgers has always lavished praise on his captain and having him at the club would surely inspire his young playing replacements and may well deflect any potential criticism that comes the manager's way.

He still holds credibility

His pure playing exploits guarantee the 34-year-old a place as one of the best. This is why he should not make a move to detract this.

He is reported to have already agreed a move to LA Galaxy, but would this move really be beneficial to him? With the greatest respect to the MLS, you do get the feeling that he would be paraded in a marquee and not deployed on a football pitch.

Thierry Henry and David Beckham were two players who crossed the Atlantic to see their footballing talents unused and their images used to glorify the game in America. Surely Gerrard deserves more than this.

Wherever Gerrard ends up, he will always be a Premier League legend. His next move though will no doubt have an effect on how he will be remembered.

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Steven Gerrard
Brendan Rodgers

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