Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to leave the club after his contract expires during the summer, despite receiving a new contract offer.
It is a huge blow, not only to Liverpool, but also to English football. He is a living legend of the beautiful game.
With Gerrard set to sign a pre-contract agreement, a number of clubs would love to avail of his services, for the player is still a force to be reckoned with, though he may be past his prime.
But one wonders if the player would sign for another English club, for he loves the club from the bottom of his heart and joining another EPL club would raise a few eyebrows.
Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds captain would make an announcement today about leaving Liverpool in the summer. Several reports claim that the Reds skipper might ply his trade in the Major League Soccer in the US.
If he does announce, it is going to be an emotional moment for all the former Liverpool players and fans, who love him to the hilt. He is a living legend for the Kopites and his decision, for sure will make some eyes wet.
One former Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher tweeted, "Sad day for LFC and English football with the Gerrard news, I think it's the right decision all things considered."
Looking into the current scenario, it is fair for the Liverpool captain to quit the club, which he has been serving since 1998. He still has that passion in him, but his age is catching up and the demands of the physical and the pacy English Premier League are taking a toll on him.
The Liverpool skipper might be wanted by LA Galaxy, reported Daily Mail.
No one should even stand in his way of quitting the club, for the player received a number of offers to sign when he was in his prime. Big clubs such as Chelsea, Real Madrid came calling, but still the player decided to stay with the reds.
He did not even go after money, which clubs like Chelsea and Madrid offered. He wanted to win more titles with Liverpool.
The player has had a wonderful career with the club, which includes some ups and downs. He won a number of trophies with Liverpool, including the sensational triumph in the finals of the 2005 Champions League against AC Milan in Istanbul.
But he failed to achieve one of the biggest trophies he desired to – EPL title. He was very close to winning the title last season, but failed, as the club finished runners up to Manchester City.
Gerrard has scored a total of 180 goals so far from 695 appearances.