Gerrard persuaded to stay

2010-07-20 14:58

Liverpool - Steven Gerrard has hinted he will stay at Liverpool after the Reds captain revealed he was delighted by the club's capture of England midfielder Joe Cole.

Gerrard had been linked with a move to Real Madrid after Liverpool endured a dismal campaign last season, finishing seventh in the Premier League and failing to advance past the Champions League group stage.

It is four years since Liverpool won a trophy and it was suggested Gerrard was keen to move to a team who were regularly in the hunt for silverware.

Even the appointment of new manager Roy Hodgson was not expected to convince him to reject Real boss Jose Mourinho, who twice tried to sign Gerrard when he was in charge at Chelsea.

But the England international has held talks with Hodgson, who replaced Spaniard Rafael Benitez at Anfield, and he is impressed with the former Fulham manager's plans, as well as the move to sign Cole from Chelsea on a 90 000 pounds-a-week, four-year contract.

"I made it clear that I simply needed to concentrate on the World Cup and then have a decent holiday with my family," Gerrard told Liverpool's website.

"I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and having done so I'm very impressed with his plans for the future of the team.

"I've only just returned to training at Melwood with some of the other World Cup players, but I can't wait for the new season to start."

Hodgson had revealed Gerrard played a key role in the Cole signing after talking to the midfielder about the positives of playing for Liverpool during their time together at the World Cup in South Africa.

And Gerrard, 30, can't wait to line-up alongside his England team-mate at the start of the new Premier League season.

"It's a great signing for us" he added. "I know Joe well through the England set-up and have seen first hand just how good a player he is.

"He's proved his ability over many years in the Premier League, sometimes against us - so it will be fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool.

"I've told him what a great club this is and I'm sure Joe's the sort of exciting talent our fans will love to see."


  • gav - 2010-07-20 15:40

    Please Anfield, ban the vuvuzela please please hahaha

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2010-07-20 16:09

    POOR POOR Gerrard another season with no trophies. one of the best midfielders in the world to never win a league title for the team he played for is entire life that is sad. lol

  • tich - 2010-07-20 16:35

    its abig decision for stevie G

  • Pedro Depacas - 2010-07-21 02:43

    @MANUTD TILL I DIE don't start something you can't finish mate !! Go and do some research that's if you are capable , who is the most successful football team in England as in titles and silverware etc ????? Yes you guessed correctly, LIVERPOOL !!! so until your team , eclipse Liverpools pedigree i would rather just keep dead quiet .Here's a good one for you , what is the definition of a queer ?? ....yes right again ....MANUTD !!!

  • justin - 2010-07-21 09:24

    i think stevie made the right choice to stay because he kwows there is a good sniff to compete strongly in the upcoming season for the title and CL spot,and at POOL he will start regulary,these so called big clubs woulb have him eating the subs bench half of the season.and with joe cole there he feels LIVERPOOL has a chance hence reason for staying.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-07-21 10:46

    Things are suddenly starting to look positive again. Stevie stays, and I think it's safe to say El Nino is staying. That pic of him posing with the World Cup Trophy with our scarf around his neck is worth a thousand words. Now Masch just has to come out and say what he has to say. If he wants to leave, then he should go. No use hanging on to a player who doesn't want to be at the club.

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2010-07-21 10:51

    @Pedro Depacas - at any stage in my comment did i say that you guys have not won the most trophies combined from all english teams. Never ever challenged liverpools history i just stated a fact that Gerrard will go down in history to be one of the best midfielder in era to never win a league title with his boyhood team which he played is entire career with.

  • ODB - 2010-07-21 12:10

    @ MU-TID, pronounced dude he Stevie G aint retired yet, and LFC surely are not going to fall into the dark sdie of the EPL. there is something rather special brewing @ anfield...and it aint carlsburg!! YNWA

  • Pedro Depacas - 2010-07-21 12:10

    @MANUTD TILL I DIE , Please accept my sincere apologies i do see where you are coming from , also my response probably did come across as rather harsh , the joke is pretty good though dont you think ? : ) .

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2010-07-23 09:44

    @ODB get your head out of your ar$e, face facts liverpool are not going to win the league any tiome soon thats a fact. evry liverpool deep down inside know that. i am not showing any disrespect just stating facts.

  • Hibi - 2010-08-19 15:06

    @ All Liverpool supporters. I would just like to know, how many of you know how many times liverpool have won the Premier League? If you said zero you would be correct.

  • HAHA - 2010-08-20 09:28

    What does a liverpool supporter do after liverpool wins the premier league? they turn off the playstation and go to bed. HAHA

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