The captain of the English football club "Liverpool» (Liverpool) Steven Gerrard will leave the team at the end of the season.This is the player told the press service of the club.
Contract football player with the "Liverpool" lasts until the end of the current season. Earlier it was reported that the club is not ready to sign a new agreement with the 34-year-old midfielder on the same terms.
"It was the hardest decision of my life - said Gerrard. - I made a statement about leaving now to coach the team and not be distracted by the story or speculation about my care. Until the final blow in the final game I will put to the club more than ever. I hope that one day I can return to the "Liverpool" to help the team, no matter in what capacity it will happen. "
"This news makes everyone associated with the club, a lot of strong emotions, - said the owners of" Liverpool " John Henry and Tom Werner. - On the one hand it is very sad, because leaving such a great player. But on the other hand, there is a sense of celebration, because we all have the privilege of working with one of the greatest football players, not only in the history of the club, but in general. Gerrard's contribution to the club is huge, his name will always be at the head of the list of legendary figures of the team. "
"You can not find the words to adequately sum up the career of Stephen in" Liverpool "and his value to the team, - said the head coach Brendan Rodgers. - This is an entire epoch, for which he has become a true legend. I will always be grateful for the support that he gave me, when I came to the club. He came to me and promised that he would give 100 percent and do everything possible to help me. "
The player can pursue a career in the American Soccer League (MLS).
Gerrard is a graduate of "Liverpool" and is located in the club since 1987. For the home team began to appear in 1998. The player spent the Liverpool 695 matches and scored 180 goals. As part of "Liverpool" midfielder won the Champions League (2005), the UEFA Cup (2001), the UEFA Super Cup (2001, 2005).