Steven Gerrard is Liverpool’s greatest ever player. Captain Fantastic carried our club through some of our darkest years, without him we would have seen the Reds slip into irreparable mediocrity, without him we would have been starved of trophies for a decade or more. His legacy is unquestionable. However, there is something he would do differently about his time at Anfield. Steven Gerrard has confessed that he regrets leaving Liverpool before Jürgen Klopp arrived.
Stevie left Liverpool in the summer of 2015. The Kop legend signed a contract to join LA Galaxy, where he played until his retirement in 2016.
It was heartbreaking for Kopites – for a while we couldn’t imagine life without Stevie, he had been the face of the club for so long. Shortly after he left we fell into turmoil, results were poor and Brendan Rodgers was ultimately sacked. Jürgen Klopp took over and the rest is history.
Speaking to his old teammate Jamie Carragher on the Greatest Game podcast, Steven Gerrard confessed that he regrets leaving Liverpool before the Klopp era, saying:
“That’s a decision I regret because I might have got the back end of Klopp and maybe got the back end of playing 20 games under the Klopp era. From a football point of view, [I wish I’d stayed] one million per cent.”
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It all could have been so different. Imagine what could have been if Stevie had worked under Klopp, one of the game’s greatest on field motivators meets its greatest off field motivators. Players would have been walking through walls for the team. Although, Jürgen has managed to install this mentality without Stevie around.
It’s bittersweet to hear that Gerrard regrets leaving when he did. It is of course nice that he wished he’d spent more time with the club but it is a shame that our club’s greatest ever player didn’t get the ending he wanted. Perhaps in future he can pick up where he left off.