It looks like Steven Gerrard still considers himself as a hardcore Red, or at least he doesn’t feel that he is too much of a Galactico yet, at least his actions indicated that last weekend. Though, as his very last game comes closer and closer, some members of the team expressed that it is vital for Liverpool, to find a new leader after the department of arguably the best player in club history. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ask other potential leaders to step up, while Adam Lallana thinks that the whole team should act together, each of them taking more responsibility.
Steven Gerrard might have played his last game at Anfield, but it is obvious that he still considers himself a 100 percent Liverpool player. He is joining Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, but on Saturday he refused to sign the shirt of his future team, gambling news report.
Gerrard will leave Liverpool for Los Angeles after seventeen years, to enjoy a more central role in the last years of his career. However, when a fan offered a Galaxy shirt for him to sign it while on his lap of honour at Anfield, he said, ’I’m not signing it until I’m there’.
Gerrard played more than 700 games for Liverpool and won ten trophies there. Though he failed to win the championship last year which would have crowned his career, he has a Champions League trophy from ten years ago, clearly the highlight of his curriculum vitae.
Though his playing time dropped significantly for this season and on Saturday he played his last game at Anfield for Liverpool, which was a sour one as the Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace. Gerrard will play his ultimate game for Liverpool this weekend at Stoke.
Gerrard will be the second high-profile English footballer in Galaxy’s club history after David Beckham, who played in California for five years between 2007 and 2012. Los Angeles is captained by Irish international Robbie Keane, who was Gerrard’s teammate for roughly half a season at Liverpool six years ago.
Former Southampton captain Adam Lallana, who signed for Liverpool last summer, thinks every player in the Reds squad have to give more after Steven Gerrard will depart from the team to join the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also talked about his first season, which he considers as a pretty average one.
Lallana was the most expensive player Liverpool bought a year ago, as he cost 25 million pounds. Though the Reds were able to spend 117 million pounds on new acquisitions after Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona, as many who follow sports scores remember, neither of the newcomers had a brilliant season.
The 27-year-old international had injury problems, but he started last weekend and scored the opener against Crystal Palace at Anfield. However, the visitors spoiled Steven Gerrard’s last home game, and team manager Brendan Rodgers expressed after the match that Liverpool will have to find their new leaders after Gerrard’s exit.
Lallana agreed with this, doubting that a single individual effort would be enough from anyone. He said, “There shouldn’t be any responsibility on anyone to solely fill Steven’s boots. It is going to have to be a contribution from the team. If everyone gives two, three per cent extra then hopefully we can half fill that spot.”
He went on to add, “I’m 27 and I feel that responsibility. I’m a leader and I feel responsible in the group but we have a lot of leaders in the team. We have good team spirit as well. I just hope we can build on this season. There are a lot of ups and downs but plenty of positives to be had. We need to learn from it, take it into next year and definitely build on it.”