Liverpool great to leave Merseyside club

Updated 1225 GMT (2025 HKT) January 2, 2015
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Liverpool's talismanic midfielder, Steven Gerrard has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season after 17 years. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Gerrard has been at the heart of the action at Anfield ever since he made his first team debut debut in 1998. The 34-year-old (center), seen here during a Champions League match against Ludogorets in September, said Friday he will carry on playing but not in the Premier League. "I can't confirm at this stage where that will be, I can say it will be somewhere that means I won't be playing for a competing club and will not therefore be lining up against Liverpool -- that is something I could never contemplate." Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Gerrard has put in dozens of match-winning performances for Liverpool down the years and often on the biggest stages. Here he can be seen belting home a last-minute equalizer in the 2006 FA Cup final against West Ham. The goal took the game to extra time which Liverpool eventually won on penalties. Stu Forster/Getty Images/file
A year earlier, Gerrard won the Man of the Match award in the Champions League final against AC Milan. Trailing the Italian giants 3-0 at halftime, Liverpool clawed their way back into the game and eventually won on penalties. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images/file
Gerrard won eight trophies with Liverpool, including two FA Cups, three League Cups and the UEFA Cup (pictured) in 2001. A much-coveted Premier League title remains elusive although the Reds came close to winning in 2009 under coach Rafa Benitez and last season under Brendan Rodgers. Clive Brunskill /Allsport/file