Liverpool should have kept Steven Gerrard, says Arsenal legend

Arsenal legend Martin Keown says Liverpool should have convinced Steven Gerrard to stay

Martin Keown has accused Brendan Rodgers of poor management and the Arsenal legend has insisted that Steven Gerrard should be staying at Anfield.

The 34-year-old midfielder scored a dramatic 87th-minute winner to salvage a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers after the former England captain had earlier missed a spot-kick.

I think it would have been good news if Gerrard had been persuaded to stay on and continue to bring his experience to this group of young players

Martin Keown

Gerrard is set to join Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy at the end of the season after the midfielder failed to agree a new contract with the 18-time English champions.

Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Reds captain Gerrard still had something to offer Rodgers’ Liverpool side going forward over the next couple of years.

“There was a real sadness within the whole stadium about Steven Gerrard coming to the end of his Liverpool career today,” Keown told BBC Sport.

“I still think he should have been kept on for next season. With Raheem Sterling refusing to sign, I think it would have been good news if Gerrard had been persuaded to stay on and continue to bring his experience to this group of young players.

“That would have been good management from Brendan Rodgers.”

Gerrard has 183 goals in 706 appearances in all competitions since the midfielder made his Liverpool debut in 1998.

The former England captain has won the Champions League, the Uefa Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups during his Anfield career.

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The Liverpool midfielder missed the chance to win an elusive Premier League crown after the Reds finished in second place last year.

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