Liverpool could have done more to keep Gerrard, claims former team-mate

first_imgFormer England midfielder Danny Murphy believes Liverpool could have done more to retain captain Steven Gerrard beyond the end of the current season.The Merseysiders confirmed the 34-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season after turning down a new deal, with a move to the MLS touted as a possible destination for the Reds skipper.And Murphy feels his former team-mate could have been persuaded to sign a new deal with the club, adding the Reds have not learned from Chelsea’s handling of Frank Lampard during the summer.“I’ve been reading a little bit between the lines and speaking to a couple of people and I think deep down he would have wanted to stay,” he told talkSPORT.“They [Liverpool] haven’t learned the lesson from the Frank Lampard situation.”He added: “I’d imagine Frank and Steven would have been offered considerably less than they were earning to stay. A similar thing happened to me at Fulham; they [clubs] quickly forget and don’t treat you the way you should be treated.”But Murphy said Gerrard’s departure may prove to be beneficial for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, claiming he will finally be the “boss” at the club.“Deep down Brendan is thinking when Steven’s gone then he is the boss; while Steven’s still there he’s not quite the boss.“If Steven’s on the bench and things aren’t going well then the crowd is going to sing to put him on even if he [Rodgers] doesn’t want to.”last_img

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