Gary Neville: Steven Gerrard entitled to take time to decide Liverpool future
Manchester United legend says Steven Gerrard shouldn't rush decision
Gary Neville says Steven Gerrard is right to take his time before the midfielder makes a decision on his Liverpool future.
The Reds captain revealed that he wouldn’t rush into signing a new contract on Tuesday night after Liverpool offered the 34-year-old a package last month.
Liverpool’s captain is entitled to think about his future with his main focus on what’s best for him
And Manchester United legend Neville can sympathise with Gerrard’s current situation, describing the doubts that he reckons the midfielder is experiencing.
“Steven Gerrard has entered the “storm phase” of his career, when big decisions are unavoidable. I can empathise because I’m still in a fact-finding stage of life where he will eventually join me,” Neville wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.
“A footballer’s life is divided into two halves. From 35-40 the player almost becomes a 16-year-old again, with a blank space stretching out in front.
“Only now am I starting to feel clearer about how I want the second half of my own life to be. Liverpool’s captain is entitled to think about his future with his main focus on what’s best for him.
“This week Gerrard told Liverpool fans that he would speak to them when the time was right, which was a sensible stance. I can’t quite understand where the fire is coming from on this issue.
“The idea that a 34-year-old can decide his future before Christmas seems odd to me. My take on it would be that both parties should sit back and relax. There are no flames.”
Neville, who retired in 2010, continued: “At that age, often you’re in a vulnerable state in your own mind, as Steven Gerrard will be. You fluctuate.
“Your sense of your own capabilities can vary from day to day. You have down days and days where you feel: ‘I could go for another two or three years here.’ Twenty-four hours later you will come into training and be a yard off it, everywhere. An internal voice says: ‘I’m coming to the end.'”
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