Liverpool legend's impossible decision
By NICK PAPADIS
College Contributor Network
After spending his full 17-year professional career in Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has made the announcement that he will leave his boyhood club. The 34-year-old midfielder announced that he will be making a move away from the club with the rumored destination being the United States.
Gerrard began his career with Liverpool FC as a youth player at the age of eight before making his professional debut for the club at the age of 17. Growing up very close to Melwood Training Ground, Gerrard and his family have always been huge supporters of the Reds which made his announcement a much tougher decision for the former England captain.
The choice to not sign a new contract came as a surprise to many fans after an ongoing contract saga. Despite not stating his next destination in his interview which aired on Liverpool's LFCTV, Gerrard said that "it will be in America."
Mere days later, he confirmed he will join the L.A. Galaxy and this will give Liverpool fans and Gerrard fans alike the opportunity to see the veteran play in the MLS.
Though he is leaving the club, the Reds captain has said he is not yet done. Gerrard still has high hopes for his team throughout the remainder of the season. These hopes were truly kept alive by the skipper in his performance in the team's FA Cup fixture against AFC Wimbledon.
Gerrard struck twice as the Reds topped the League Two opponents away from home. With chances still alive in both the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup, winning more silverware for his club is surely amongst the top priorities for the Englishman.
The 34-year-old has a very impressive record with his boyhood club and has won many trophies over his 17 years in the squad. Gerrard captained the team through many successful seasons including leading his squad to two UEFA Super Cup titles, a Champions League title, Euro League title and several domestic honors.
The one achievement that has proven allusive for the legend is a Premier League trophy. Despite coming close on several occasions including the 2013/14 campaign, Gerrard has never lifted a league title.
One moment that has been etched in the minds of many in the past year was the famous slip in Liverpool's match against Chelsea. A point that is definitely amongst the lows of Gerrard's career cost the Reds the trophy last season.
Many opportunities are still open for Gerrard though. With a move to the Galaxy, Gerrard will have many opportunities for a title, though he will hope to bring trophies to the Reds prior to his departure.
Nick Papadis is a sophomore at American University majoring broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk