Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he would have signed a new contract with the Anfield club in the summer, if he had been offered one, as reported by The Guardian.
This comes with the news that he is expected to agree a contract with LA Galaxy over the next 48 hours.
Discussions between Brendan Rodgers and Gerrard in the early part of the season meant that Gerrard found out he would be used more sparingly after the end of this season.
The Reds only opened up discussions with the Anfield hero in November, after those talks had taken place.
As a result, Gerrard was aware that he would be a squad player in Rodgers’ side if he stuck around after May.
This meant that the 34 year old decided not to agree a new contract with Liverpool, and instead chose to make his way to Major League Soccer, where he is set to join LA Galaxy.
Gerrard said: “If a contract had been put in front of me in pre-season I would have signed it.
“I’d just retired from England to concentrate all my efforts on Liverpool. I didn’t want my club games to be tailored. My injury record had been fantastic for the past two and a half years and I had a great season from a personal point of view last season. It’s all ifs, buts and hindsight now. That period between the summer and the end of November gave me thinking time.
“There’s no blame and I’m not angry about it. There are other people in the squad and the club had other things to worry about. Liverpool Football Club have been unbelievable for me since I was eight years old. This club has helped me fulfil my dreams over and over again.”