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LA-bound Steven Gerrard would have signed new Liverpool deal last summer

• ‘If Anfield contract had been put in front of me pre-season I’d have signed it’
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Steven Gerrard has admitted he would have signed a contract extension at Liverpool had it been offered to him last summer and is expected to agree an 18-month deal with LA Galaxy in the next 48 hours.

Liverpool did not open talks with Gerrard over a new deal until November and by then the captain had established in discussions with the manager, Brendan Rodgers, that he would no longer be an automatic selection if he stayed beyond this season. Unwilling to become a squad player, the 34-year-old announced last week that he would leave when his deal expires in the summer.

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