Steven Gerrard’s revelation that he won’t be retiring this summer, even if Liverpool don’t offer him a new deal, has sparked a furore in the rumour mill.
Reports have today emerge that the Reds legend would be of interest to Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, as he looks to instil more steel into his squad.
The Citizens – 19/20 to beat Manchester United – have savoured a degree of success in acquiring veteran midfielder Frank Lampard from arch rivals Chelsea and the Chilean tactician wants Gerrard to perform a similar role for him next season.
In the highly unlikely event of Liverpool telling their captain his time is up at the end of the campaign, following in his former England colleague’s footsteps to the Etihad would be a great move.
He’d finally have the chance to win the Premier League title.
Last season was about as close as Gerrard came to winning the richest prize in English football and, based on the Reds’ decline this term, he’s more than likely to never get near the mantle with his boyhood club again.
Hoisting the trophy for any other club aside from Liverpool no doubt wouldn’t be as sweet, but he would certainly go down as one of the greatest players to never win a league crown should he fail to add this particular gong to his impressive repertoire.
It’s fairly safe to assume that Man City will be firmly in next season’s title mix and, while he’d only play an ancillary role at the club, one Premier League winner’s medal is surely better than none.
A reversion to his favoured attacking midfield berth would see him shine in the twilight of his career.
Gerrard’s new-found holding-midfield niche carved for him by Brendan Rodgers has resulted in the Liverpool stalwart copping unheard of levels of flack in recent months, with certain dissenters so bold as to insinuate he should be dropped from the side altogether.
The Citizens employ defensive-midfielders by trade in similarly named double-act Fernando and Fernandinho, meaning when the 34-year-old was utilised, he’d be in the advanced role in which he forged his reputation as one of football’s finest.