Steven Gerrard has admitted a transfer to Chelsea tempted him. The Liverpool legend was open to becoming a member of the Blues in 2005 however the Mersyside membership rejected all developments, and the Englishman stayed at Anfield.
Chelsea tabled a reported £20 million bid for Steven Gerrard early within the Roman Abramovich period in 2004 however could not get the deal executed. They returned for him in July 2005 with a extra important bid, and the supply even tempted the Liverpool legend.
Steven Gerrard has now opened up in regards to the failed transfer and admitted that he ‘flirted’ with the thought of a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
He claims that there was some trace from then Liverpool supervisor Rafa Benitez that he wished to get the deal executed to reinvest within the squad.
Talking to Gary Neville on Sky Sports Soccer Box final yr, he stated:
“I regret the little bit of flirting back then and how that all blew up. The fact is I didn’t know whether I was coming or going with Rafa at the time. Rafa was having conversations with me like ‘I know your agent is talking to Real Madrid and Chelsea’. I got a paranoid feeling at the time that Rafa would have taken money to try and build Liverpool on. Chelsea bid £37.5million. At the time, massive amounts of dough but what would you get for that now?”
What tempted Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard to be part of Chelsea?
Steven Gerrard was very shut to becoming a member of Chelsea in 2005, however he signed a brand new 4-year deal with Liverpool as an alternative. He went on to play for them for practically one other decade earlier than shifting to LA Galaxy and hanging up his boots in 2016.
Opening up to Gary Neville in regards to the potential transfer to Chelsea, Gerrard admitted it was the will to play underneath Jose Mourinho that was luring him.
“Mourinho was a massive part of that. A lack of maturity on my part allowed me to think about it and flirt with that idea a bit. But now I have no regrets at all because Liverpool are the club I love – and that’s the way it should be.”
Steven Gerrard is now on a surprising run as a supervisor with Rangers and is unbeaten within the Scottish Premiership this season.
Published 23 Feb 2021, 11:44 IST