Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says that the absence of Steven Gerrard will be a huge loss for English football next season.
The Liverpool midfielder prepares to play his final league outing in England. After having been given a rousing sendoff by the Anfield faithful last weekend, Gerrard will be concluding his almost 2 decades long Premier League career at the Britannia stadium while playing against Stoke City. It is almost certain that he will play some part in a game, which has little meaning for both clubs. Gerrard wanted to go out on a high by winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Champions League.
However, he leaves after having seen the club knocked out in the semifinals in the FA Cup and finishing just behind Manchester United in the race for the top four. Gerrard has been a huge figure in English football especially in the last decade and Hughes admits that the game will be less spectacular without him. There have been several great players who have left the game and Gerrard will add to the number. Stoke City will be hoping to increase their records point tally of 51, which has been achieved this season. Hughes says that irrespective of the result he is confident that the Stoke City supporters will give Gerrard a big send off. Read more »
Steven Gerrard is heading to the MLS in the next season as his Liverpool career which has spanned for over 15 years is reaching it’s final few months and it’s not ending in the way that the English midfielder wanted it to finish as he has been hitting a few road blocks in his last season.
A hamstring injury has forced Gerrard on having to stay on the sidelines of Liverpool for a few matches but there was another incident that has affected the experienced midfielder much more and it was the red card that he received during Liverpool’s match against Manchester United which was played on March 22 at Anfield.
Gerrard came off the bench at the 46th minute and did not last a single minute on the pitch as he received a red card after stamping on the legs of Ander Herrera. Manchester United eventually managed to claim the victory with a final scoreboard of 2-1.
A slip from the Liverpool captain also allowed Demba Ba to score a goal during a league match when Chelsea was facing off with Liverpool.
This is certainly not the way that Gerrard wanted to spend his last season with the club where he has played in his entire career and the 34 year old midfielder admitted in saying that Liverpool has not accomplished anything so far in this season.
Even though Gerrard will end his Liverpool career at the end of the current campaign, he still wants to help push the team into a Champions League position that would allow the Premier League club in competing in the European competition in the next season and the Englishman knows that it will be a difficult task to accomplish as there are more clubs which are aiming for the same objective. Read more »
The current coach of Los Angeles Galaxy, Bruce Arena travelled to Anfield in order to meet with Steven Gerrard and say a few things before they officially start working together when Gerrard makes his move to the MLS club in July.
Gerrard will complete what is going to be his last season as a player of Liverpool before making an official move to the American League, MLS.
Bruce Arena believes that Gerrard is eager and motivated on joining Los Angeles Galaxy as they met for the first time during Liverpool’s Europa League match against Besiktas which Gerrard was unable to play due to an injury but the American coach took this opportunity to speak with his future player and maybe even possible captain in the near future. Read more »