Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard has already moved to quash rumours of a rift between him and manager Brendan Rodgers after the Ulsterman benched his skipper for his side’s victory over Stoke last time out.
In the aftermath, the Reds supremo explained that the 34-year-old can’t expect to play every game these days on account of his age, insisting that the decision wasn’t motivated by form.
The Northern Irish tactician has since confirmed that the Merseysiders – 11/10 to beat Leicester next – have offered their long-serving central-midfielder a new contract, smearing his captain’s good name with any amount of superlatives.
As lavish as the praise was, such a course of action could well indicate that Gerrard’s days of enthralling Kopites across the globe are numbered, contract offer or no.
Festooning unwanted first-teamers with kind words just before making them walk the plank is something Rodgers has previous in, suggesting it could be well worth the money investing in the 3/1 about Gerrard leaving Liverpool before September 1st 2015.
Here’s what he said about stopper supreme Pepe Reina:
Quick turnaround there then.
And here’s what was said on Stewart Downing:
This pair know all too well that when Rodgers has nice things to say about you, there’s every chance he’s drawing up a shortlist of suitable replacements.
But the glowing references he gave these two look fairly scornful compared to what was said about beloved Stevie-G:
…he’s as good as gone.