Liverpool FC & Gerrard
I saw on Sky Sports News Rafael Benitez stating categorically that the club offered Gerrard the chance to sign a new contract three times, each time they were told to wait. That was because he wanted to see where Liverpool were going. We were in the Champs League and I suspect he was waiting for us to go out and that would have confirmed to him to leave. This is why he made his comments about how he doesn't think we will get far in the competition. I haven't forgotten that.
He had the ultimate role of being captain and lifting the European Cup. He wouldn't have heard of being substituted, would have killed to remain on the pitch. He has that memory of lifting the cup, now he has what he wanted, is it now time to go? He had said previously on at least two occasions he is ready to sign, which I think meant at the time he was ready to listen to an improvement to his current contract, not an extension.
The word from his agency is that the situation isn't about money. Then what else can it be about? The club wants him to sign, he wants to sign, agency sees more money elsewhere. It IS about money.
Rafael has made four signings of Zenden, Barragan, Gonzales and Reina, key to his plan in improving the squad and the club's performance. We're due to play in the first qualifier very soon, defend the trophy, something which we pressed UEFA to do despite the rules. This, all for Liverpool, should content Gerrard about staying. But it's not about Steven Gerrard and Liverpool, the fans, the passion, the history. It's about the current rate of value someone else can achieve through him.
Gerrard said after Istanbul how could he leave the club after the final? Well, according to his agent, and NOT Gerrard, all positives about holding further talks are now dashed. Therefore Gerrard is prepared, according to his agent, to listen to offers elsewhere. So Gerrard, therefore, does want to leave, and that would make what he said after the final, in that post-match conference, uttery hypocrisy.
I never fully grasped why managers and chairpersons dislike certain agents, if not all of them. I certainly do today. It was leaked that Liverpool FC showed signs they did not want him, why talks have collapsed. Not for one minute will I ever believe that, how that absolute piece of rubbish could get out to be believed is incredible.
Gerrard needs to really re-think his actions from this point onwards. If he wants to stay, and I think he does, sign tomorrow. Otherwise, tomorrow, I want to hear from him that he wants to leave and is not interested anymore in signing for Liverpool FC. Leave SFX at the door and sign now.
Or pack up and go.
It's your choice, Steven.