Gerrard reveals Chelsea and United interest

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Steven Gerrard insists Liverpool will always be the club for him, but admits to having snubbed approaches from both Manchester United and Chelsea in the past.

Another transfer window has closed with the 32-year-old midfielder still on the books at Anfield, the place where the club captain has played his entire career.

Whilst the England international's commitment to the Liverpool cause is commendable, some have suggested that Gerrard is doing a disservice to his ability by staying on Merseyside, particularly over the past few seasons.

The Whiston-born wonder has secured numerous honours, both domestically and in Europe, during his time with the Reds, but the one major omission from Gerrard's trophy cabinet remains the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho came as close as anyone to luring him to Stamford Bridge during his time as Chelsea boss, and Gerrard has revealed that the Portuguese tactician also expressed an interest in his services after taking the reins at Real Madrid.

He also claims that Sir Alex Ferguson was keen on taking him to Old Trafford at one stage, but a move to one of Liverpool's fiercest rivals could never be an option for Gerrard, as speculation about his future continues to follow him around.

"That sort of thing has been going on for the last 10 years. People only really heard about it with Mourinho and Chelsea in 2004 and 2005. But it has happened a few times," he explained. "It was flattering back then because the two best managers around wanted me to play in their teams.

"Gary Neville said he (Ferguson) wanted me. But you understand that playing for Manchester United would have been impossible. I never would have wanted to play for Manchester United. They are a fantastic club but that rivalry is there, and it's why Gary could not have played for us either.

"Don't get me wrong. It was flattering that, after everything he has done in the game, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted me to play in his team. But that was an impossible situation.

"The Mourinho thing was different, of course. This club weren't really challenging at the time, so there was something to think about. But I ended up saying no and a year later I said no again.

"But he came back when he arrived at Real Madrid two years ago. I look at some players who get interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona and they cause absolute wars to get out and get there. But that has never been me and, again, it just wasn't going to happen. I was happy here. I was settled. I thought all that had gone really."

Even in Liverpool's current predicament, off the back of their lowest ever finish in the Premier League era, Gerrard is confident the club are still capable of challenging for major honours.

"I see no point in pointing fingers," he continued. "I see no point complaining that I haven't won the league because the owners left, because Rafa Benitez sold Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano wanted to go to Barcelona.

"I could point to the setbacks the club have suffered and blame them for why I haven't won the league. But the season that we finished second we could have won the league. We drew two or three stupid games at home and I was in the team, I was playing; I have to take some of the responsibility for that. I may need to look at myself before I start pointing fingers. It's too easy to blame other people in football.

"Of course, it's the one big hole in my career and maybe I'll never win the league now. But I've done a lot. I have no regrets. I'd love to win the Premier League. I still have that hunger. But I also know I have to be realistic and it could be I'm no longer playing when this club win the league again.

"But what do I do? It would be easy to say I want to leave. That I've had enough of this club. But I haven't had enough. I want more. I've also won the best cup you can win. People talk about me never winning the Premier League but there are players who've won the Premier League who have never lifted the European Cup."

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