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Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool: Anfield captain announces decision to leave club in the summer

Steven Gerrard will announce that he will leave Liverpool for a new team at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 25-year association with the Merseyside club and most likely preface a move to the MLS in America.

The Liverpool captain will be 35 in May and is at the end of his current contract with the club, and the move today is an attempt to clarify his future and end the growing speculation of a rift with Brendan Rodgers.

The situation over Gerrard’s future has become awkward and both parties hope this will enable the club to approach the end of the season without it hanging over them.

Gerrard is thought to be mulling over a number of offers, including one from the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS. He has intimated that any move will be decided on what is best for his family and that he will not be playing any longer in the Premier League because he has no desire to face Liverpool as an opposing player.

The decision over whether to stay has been facing him all season, having come so close to winning his first Premier League title in May. This season has put strain on his relationship with the club at times, especially when Rodgers left him out of the Champions League side to play Real Madrid in the Bernabeu stadium.

Gerrard is into the final months of his contract and, under Fifa regulations, able to speak to clubs outside the Premier League to negotiate a new deal for the end of June.

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