By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall July 5, 2005 at 10:58AM
Steven Gerrard is leaving my beloved Liverpool FC. The story of how and why Gerrard has chosen to abandon the club, despite our desire to retain him and pay him £100,000 a week (that's a week, people), can be summed up in a single sentence:
He doesn't believe the club are buying enough talent to compete at the highest levels of football.
Of course, we just Won The Champions League, football's biggest club prize, six oh-so-distant weeks ago. But now, Gerrard's desire to win more silverware has him leaving the club for "greener" pastures.
Rick Parry, the Chief Executive of Liverpool FC, had this to say:
"He's made his decision. He wanted success and feels he'll get success elsewhere and it's our job now to prove him wrong."
I can't wait for us to do so. This is the lowest move he could have made; to abandon the club of which he is Captain because he sees his own ambitions as bigger than the team. What about leading us to greatness? How about putting your boots where your mouth is and being a true Captain; playing hard, consistent football week in and week out to lift the team to glory like you did in Istanbul? Not a chance. Like Michael Owen last year, Gerrard is glory hunting and leaving Liverpool behind. I, for one, do not wish him well on his journey. He helped us to glory at the Attaturk Stadium and could have stayed, helped us win the League, and retired a Liverpool legend. Now, Steven Gerrard will forever be remembered as the man who betrayed that dream in order to seek individual glory among our rivals. I assume he will end up at Chelsea (shudder), but Real Madrid and Barcelona are also rumored to be bidders for his services.
I look forward to a summer of signings with the £30 million+ that Gerrard's sale will bring us, but one thing remains eternally true:
Players come, players go. Liverpool FC is forever.
See you on October 2nd, Stevie. I can't wait to see what the Kop have in store for you.
He's scored his first goal for Chelsea! Gerrard walks away from (potential) future teammates after his own goal gifts Chelsea a lifeline, and ultimately victory, in the League Cup Final. The grass is always greener...