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Steven Gerrard has destroyed his own career

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There is a lot said about club loyalty in football at the moment with players happy to leave their boyhood clubs at the first sign of big money and fame.

But there are a number of players who buck this trend and listen to their heart, which is a commendable trait. It can, however, inhibit their careers, as Niall O'Connor explains...

Alan Shearer

Shearer is the all time leading Premier League scorer with 260 goals, some 73 ahead of his nearest rival Andy Cole. He has also been awarded a number of individual awards such as PFA player of the year and the the Football Writers' Association player of the year Award alongside being England captain and Euro 1996 top goal scorer.

His career was undoubtedly one to remember and he was a fantastic player but, despite this, his collection of major team honours is a little wanting.

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He started off at Southampton before making the more to Lancashire where he played for Blackburn Rovers and in 1994 won the Premier League. This was to be the highlight of his club career.

Two years later he made his big money move to his native Newcastle where, in a 10 year long stint, had no silverware to show for it. In the same summer he moved to Tyneside, Manchester United were in talks with him but they ultimately fell through, meaning the Red Devils then bought the Baby Faced Assasin, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Had a deal been made though, then both parties would have benefited greatly - Shearer would have been a team that, in the time he spent at Newcastle, won nine major team honours, including the incredible 1999 treble season.

And Manchester United would have had arguable England's and the Leagues greater ever striker which could have only improved them.

Steven Gerrard

A lot is said about Stevie G and his alliance with Liverpool, mostly about how commendable it is that he has stayed at the same team for 16 years. But, to some, it would appear naive, especially now that his imminent departure has been dealt with so poorly.

Liverpool have been successful during Gerrard's long spell, winning the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup twice and the League Cup three times. But the notable omission from this list, however, is the Premier League.

As a player there are few who are better and who can command more efficiently, but would a move to Real Madrid or Chelsea, as was on the cards in his peak, have made him a better player?

He would have been surrounded by players such as Raul, Ronaldo and Luis Figo in Madrid while, Chelsea, Mourinho said that he was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield.

It makes you wonder how much he could have achieved.

Matt Le Tissier

Matt Le Tissier was a player idolised by a young Xavi - one of the most iconic players of the modern era.

He could dribble past seven or eight players but without speed - he just walked past them. The man nicknamed 'Le God' really was like a higher being on the football field. But why is he never really named amongst the greats?

This is partly down to his entire professional career being played at Southampton. He started well and won the PFA young player of the year in 1989, scoring 20 goals.

From here though, despite staying in the Premier League, he was battling for survival most years, thus not playing on the biggest stages.

Due to this, Le Tissier couldn't improve as one does when playing with and against the world's, while he only made 8 appearances for the national team. His was a career that didn't reach the heights it deserved.

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