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Caroline Wozniacki wades into Steven Gerrard debate

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Brendan Rodgers and the other Liverpool chiefs must be sick of the stick that they are getting for allowing their iconic captain, Steven Gerrard, to leave his boyhood club at the end of the season for the warmth and riches of Los Angeles.

Now, the debate is even spilling into other sports.

If ever they needed an indication as to the ramifications of Gerrard's departure - they probably don't - then they can look at comments made by former world no.1 tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

RED WOZ

The Danish player is one the Reds' most famous supporters and has been known, as the picture above will show, to sport the liver bird on her chest during practices. Maybe it was part of the reason she split with former fiance and Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy (lets not go there).

However, could Wozniacki be about to turn her back on the Anfield outfit?

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Possibly so. She certainly isn't overjoyed that Gerrard will not end his career at Merseyside. The 24-year-old is supposed to be busy trying to win the Australian Open, but still found time to talk about the football news. Perhaps LA Galaxy are about to nap Wozniacki as a fan.

SAD

"I'm obviously sad. I think Stevie has done so much for the team over the years," Wozniacki said after her first round win in Melbourne.

"He's a legend. I think if that's what he thinks is the right time, I have to support that.

"But at the same time he had a talk with the manager and said that maybe he wasn't going to be playing as much.

"Yeah, I'm a little sad. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere.

"Yeah, I'm a little sad. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere"

"Unfortunately he won't be playing there anymore. I'll have to make a trip probably to LA to have a look again."

GEE-UP

Wozniacki will need to shake off her disappointment at this news, and her side's unlucky draw against Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final, before coming up against Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open.

Just like Liverpool have never won the Premier League, Wozniacki has never quite managed to get her hands on a Grand Slam title. Exactly like Liverpool too, she only has two runners-up medals to show for her efforts. They both need to perk up a little if they are to win some silverware last year after going so close last season (so many similarities - it's a tad scary).

AUS OPEN 

Her best effort at the Australian Open was a semi-final outing in 2011 as a 20-year-old, that year it was Li Na who halted her progress. Since that performance, a string of below-par displays have left her well of the pace in the heat of Melbourne.

However, Wozniacki will take confidence from the fact that in her last Major, at the US Open, she reached the final.

Elsewhere in the women's draw, former champion Maria Sharapova booked her place in round three despite being taken the distance by fellow Russian player and qualifier Alexandra Panova. Serena Williams is still in the draw too.

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