It didn’t come as a massive surprise, but I do have to say that it did come as a massive relief when I read that Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, had retired from international football. This summers World Cup was a big sign that the Anfield legend’s body and mind could no longer cut it. He looked tired and lack lustre after a long title-challenging season for the reds.
“This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career,” said Gerrard, on thefa.com.
“I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.
“Most importantly Brendan [Rodgers] has been fantastic and obviously I have to look after my body as much as possible to ensure I can give everything when I take to the field. To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool I believe this is the right decision, and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision.”
Gerrard still has quality. He proved it last season when he was asked to drop in to a deeper role by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, but despite insisting he is as fit as ever the mental battle to get himself up for every game seems to be getting harder and harder. With this decision he can re focus. The pressure of the whole country is no longer on his shoulders and I am sure that Liverpool will only benefit from the decision for a couple more seasons yet.