Steven Gerrard has admitted that he regrets bringing the curtain down on his Liverpool career in 2015.
The former Reds captain decided to leave Anfield in 2015, after almost two decades of service to the Premier League side.
As he prepared to embark on his first senior managerial role with Rangers (coincidentally with his final Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers now his biggest rival at Celtic), Gerrard has conceded that he may have been too hasty in leaving the club when he did.
“I should have maybe played on for one more year. I regret not doing the extra year just because I miss playing so much.
“I speak to a lot of players who’ve come out of the game or players who are coming to the end, they couldn’t wait to get over the line to call it a day.
“I knew towards the end that I was finding it tough letting go – that’s just the way I am. Emotionally, it was tough. When you love your job and you work so hard to achieve your dream job to play for your boyhood team but you know that’s coming to an end….
“If you’ve had enough then it’s probably not tough. But I felt that my Liverpool days came to an end probably a year too soon.”
via the Liverpool Echo
Gerrard left in 2015 with more than 700 appearances in all competitions under his belt. He moved to La Galaxy in the summer of 2015, going on to spend 18 months with the MLS side. He then returned to Liverpool to take charge of the under-18 side, before moving to Ibrox earlier this summer.
Rodgers would only last at Anfield for several months longer than Gerrard, before being sacked in October of that same year and replaced by Jurgen Klopp.