Steven Gerrard could have played alongside Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he would have loved to play with Steven Gerrard, but he simply could not be convinced to leave Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The France legend claimed Real Madrid attempted to lure Gerrard away from Anfield on two occasions, but the Reds skipper refused to leave his beloved club.

Zidane hand-picked Gerrard to share the midfield of the Bernabeu pitch with him, and what a pairing it would have been.

“I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world,” said Zidane.

"I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid.

“I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man.”

So unfortunate

Gerrard enjoyed plenty of success in his 17 years at Anfield. But the Premier League title always eluded him.

The closest he came to England’s top prize was last season, before a disastrous 3-3 draw away at Crystal Palace, followed by his own fateful slip against Chelsea helped present Manchester City a second Premier League title.

New challenge

Gerrard has since agreed a deal to join Major League Soccer side, LA Galaxy, and is due to move to California in the summer.

“It is incredible he has never won a league title but he has had success with Liverpool,” continued Zidane.

“The years of him winning trophies are not behind him. I am sure he will be very successful in the MLS.”

Loyalty to Liverpool

Speaking before the Champions League fixture against Madrid last September, the Liverpool captain admitted that while other offers were tempting, he could not bring himself to leave his hometown club.

“It may be something I regret further down the line for not challenging myself and having a change of scenery in a different country,” said Gerrard.

“But I’d have had an even bigger regret to leave the club I love. I’m a big fan of Real Madrid. They are a special club. But for me, Liverpool is my number one club.”

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