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The bid Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid made for Steven Gerrard in 2010

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Steven Gerrard is practically a living god in Liverpool and for good reason.

The Englishman pulled on the famous red jersey no less than 710 times during an astonishing 17 year career on Merseyside. He won the Champions League in 2005 as well as bringing three League Cups, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup to Anfield.

There are simply too many memorable moments in his illustrious career to count: from the screamer v Olympiacos, downing Manchester United at Old Trafford, the worldie against West Ham and so many more.

However, perhaps the most meaningful act of Gerrard's career - as far as Liverpool fans are concerned at least - proved to be his loyalty to his boyhood club.

It's no secret that the 37-year-old had a number of offers from rival clubs during his time at Anfield.

The most famous instance came in 2005 when, fresh from his Champions League victory, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho joined the race for his signature. So early in his top flight career, Gerrard was interested in the move but eventually rebuffed the approach.

His love for Liverpool overshadowed the prospect of guaranteed trophies and working with the Special One.

That didn't stop the current Manchester United manager from trying to sign Gerrard further down the line, however, with similar approaches arriving from Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Moreover, the latter became a topic of discussion during Sky Sports News' business segment with ex-Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow appearing as a guest.

He conceded: "We had an offer from Real Madrid. Steven Gerrard could have left for Real Madrid, earned more money and been more likely to win top trophies."

Now that's not exactly news to Liverpool fans with Gerrard even admitting in his autobiography that Los Blancos had come in with an offer.

However, when Jim White probed Purslow regarding the fee involved, he simply answered: "About £20 million."

Admittedly, Gerrard was 30-years-old at the time but, even with the inflated transfer prices of 2017, it's fair to say the bid was something of an insult.

It's slightly bizarre when you consider Jonathan Woodgate and Royston Drenthe were procured for a fee just £6 million smaller respectively.

Regardless of whether it had been ten times the amount, though, Gerrard wasn't interested in leaving.

You just can't separate Stevie G and Liverpool. Period. 

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