Gerrard: I'll see what's out there if Liverpool don't offer contract

Gerrard: I'll see what's out there if Liverpool don't offer contract

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is keen to continue his career beyond this season and admits he may be forced to move away from Anfield if the club fails to offer him a new deal.

Gerrard, who joined the Liverpool Academy at the age of nine and is approaching 700 appearances in all competitions, is out of contract at his boyhood club at the end of the current campaign.

While the 34-year-old has played in all nine Premier League matches for Liverpool this season, he has cast doubt on whether he will remain with the club beyond next summer.

"I can only worry about this season because I'm only contracted until May," Gerrard said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

"As it stands at the moment, I'm here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won't be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.

"We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision. If they don't come then I will see what's out there."

Gerrard also came to the defence of controversial striker Mario Balotelli, who has made an indifferent start to life at Liverpool with just two goals in 12 appearances and none in seven Premier League matches following his summer move from AC Milan.

Among those to have questioned the Italian's credentials is Gerrard's old friend and team-mate Jamie Carragher, who labelled Balotelli as a "panic" buy following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona over the summer.

Yet Gerrard said: "You have to respect Jamie's opinion. He knows football but it's too early to get on Mario's back.

"He just needs time to score the goals he needs to prove to people he is worthy of staying here. I am not going to judge him after 10 games.

"To come in after Suarez was always going to be a big ask and he's not feeling sorry for himself. He is working hard, doing extra shooting sessions.

"I've actually been impressed (with) the way he goes about his work.

"You hear all kinds of stories and rumours before you meet him, but he does all the work. I like the guy."

More on this topic

Sean Cox comes home to Dunboyne two years after life-changing attackSean Cox comes home to Dunboyne two years after life-changing attack

‘Klopp’s brain works differently’‘Klopp’s brain works differently’

The reasons behind Liverpool’s remarkable Premier League campaign so farThe reasons behind Liverpool’s remarkable Premier League campaign so far

Terrace Talk: Damn the begrudgers — Liverpool had a great season no matter how it finishesTerrace Talk: Damn the begrudgers — Liverpool had a great season no matter how it finishes

More in this Section

I won’t stay at Spurs for the sake of it, says ambitious KaneI won’t stay at Spurs for the sake of it, says ambitious Kane

Russell mends broken fences with TownsendRussell mends broken fences with Townsend

Tokyo Games likely to start in July 2021Tokyo Games likely to start in July 2021

Taylor v Serrano postponedTaylor v Serrano postponed


Lifestyle

Ellie O’Byrne rounds up some of the virtual gigs, films and other eventsArts Noticeboard: Online entertainment options

It’s 25 years since Toy Story first stunned us with its brilliance. Esther McCarthy looks back onJohn Lasseter’s masterpiece and why it’s regarded as a milestone of modern cinemaInfinity and beyond: How Toy Story altered movie history

All the wines recommended this week are available for delivery.Wine with Leslie Williams: Looking for a wine delivery service? Here are a few ...

If I could be reborn for a day I’d be a cat. I love their serenity and independence and how they always manage to find that one shaft of sunlight.This Much I Know: Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy

More From The Irish Examiner