Steven Gerrard's decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season has become one of the hottest topics in football. The Liverpool captain and former England captain will join the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer and embark on a new career and life in the USA.
Some Liverpool fans understand the decision and some hate it. Some feel Gerrard is making a knee-jerk reaction to his potential part-time player status next season, while others understand his desire to play every week. One of those in favor of Gerrard's decision to move to MLS is Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, who spoke out about the move on Monday.
Nicol was a member of a Liverpool team that dominated English football and European football in the 1980's and his comments certainly have weight, with the former defender insisting on ESPN Soccer Today that Gerrard's move to LA Galaxy is an 'ideal move'.
“Up until a couple of months ago, I didn’t really see any way how Steven Gerrard could not end his career at Liverpool, and certainly not at the end of this season,” Nicol told ESPN Soccer Today.
“But over the last couple of months, particularly after him talking to the papers, there seemed like there was something going on in his head."
Ideal move for Gerrard
Gerrard highlighted Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' revelation that he would be rotated in Rodgers' squad from now as a reason for wanting to leave in the summer, and Nicol understands Gerrard's desire to remain a permanent fixture wherever he plays.
“Now, it makes sense. He’s a guy who doesn’t want to be sitting on his backside. He’s going to be 35 in May and you don’t want to be sitting on the bench at that age," Nicol continued.
“He’s probably realistically got another two good seasons left in him, and of course LA are going to get the benefit of that.”
Gerrard had plenty of reported options in Europe for next season but he chose instead to take up the opportunity of a new life in LA, with Nicol adding that the prospect of playing in California is more attractive than some might think.
“I’m kind of surprised people are wondering why he’s made this move,” he continued. “He could have gone to Italy or Spain, where he would have fitted in great, but I think it was the attraction of LA in particular – a team that is going to win titles, with great players like Robbie Keane, and where fans will absolutely adore him," Nicol added.
“I think it’s the ideal move, and a place he’ll be successful and win trophies. With him and Robbie, I don’t see how many defences in MLS are going to stop them.”