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Stevie G In The Air But Where Will He Land?

Gerrard's Liverpool days look to be behind him

After a disappointing domestic season with Liverpool, the 30-year-old midfielder has been linked with a sensational move to several of the continent’s most high-profile clubs as he seeks new challenges far away from Anfield.

His most likely destination looks set to be Real Madrid with most of the bookies now offering even odds on a switch to the Bernabeu this summer after new manager Jose Mourinho re-iterated his long-held admiration of Gerrard’s abundant talents. Of course Gerrard has been here before, having twice been on the verge of signing for Chelsea – then led by ‘The Special One’ – only to eventually turn down the Londoners.

The obvious question then is why he should want to move on now. Well, after carrying the Reds on his shoulders under Gerrard Houllier and then Rafa Benitez, Gerrard was forced to endure the disappointment of finishing seventh this season, having narrowly missed out on the title the year before. His resultant disillusionment with life on Merseyside has been compounded by the uncertainties caused by boardroom strife as Gillett and Hicks try to offload the club to someone else.

Gerrard has publicly stated that he will consider his future after the World Cup and could become one of several England internationals targeted by Mourinho this summer as the Portuguese also aims to secure the signatures of Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

Chelsea are also believed to be interested in signing Gerrard but are rank outsiders as his loyalty to Liverpool is likely to preclude a move to any of their Premiership rivals. For this reason a switch to super-rich Manchester City can also be ruled out.

This kind of transfer speculation is nothing new to Liverpool fans but the reasons for Gerrard to finally move on to pastures new are more compelling than ever. There will be disappointment but after 12-years service, he has given the club his all and no longer owes them anything. With Benitez’s squad lacking in quality and unable to mount any sort of challenge on the leading pack, a player of Gerrard’s calibre surely cannot be blamed for wanting to look elsewhere.

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