Rio Ferdinand has put Steven Gerrard’s departure from Liverpool as evidence of disloyalty in football

Rio Ferdinand has put Steven Gerrard’s departure from Liverpool as evidence of disloyalty in football

Rio Ferdinand has put Steven Gerrard’s departure from Liverpool as evidence of disloyalty in football

Rio Ferdinand denounced the lack of loyalty in football and used Liverpool’s decision to let Steven Gerrard leave the club in 2015 as a prime example.

Manchester United legend Ferdinand agrees there is no more loyalty in the sport, but he has also put the problem at the feet of the clubs.

The former centre-back was asked about the matter on his FIVE podcast, raising the fact that it is also the teams that must show loyalty, and pointing out Liverpool not to keep Gerrard seven years ago, but to allow him ​moving to LA Galaxy.

“Let’s look at the Steven Gerrard case, he has been loyal to them,” Ferdinand said on his show.

Gerrard moves to LA Galaxy after his time in the Premier League is over.  Image: Alamy
Gerrard moves to LA Galaxy after his time in the Premier League is over. Image: Alamy

“He probably had obscene offers from Chelsea, they courted him, they tried every possible way to get through players and what not to get hold of him and upset him.

“He got confused, flirted a bit with the idea, but really loyalty kept him at Liverpool. No matter what, he was courted by Chelsea

“He decides to stay, and then he comes to the end of his career and the club doesn’t want to give him a new contract.”

The end of Gerrard's time at Liverpool was far from perfect.  Image: Alamy
The end of Gerrard’s time at Liverpool was far from perfect. Image: Alamy

Brendan Rodgers had come to use the midfielder less and less in his last campaign at Anfield and he failed to start the game with bitter rivals United towards the end of the season.

He came at half time and was famously sent off just 38 seconds later, and his time at the club didn’t get much better, losing 6-1 to Stoke City in his last game.

However, the then 34-year-old wanted to stay with the club rather than move to MLS, and Ferdinand believes he should have stayed with Liverpool.

Gerrard and Ferdinand were rivals at club level, but teammates for England.  Image: Alamy
Gerrard and Ferdinand were rivals at club level, but teammates for England. Image: Alamy

“With in mind [he’s] arguably the club’s best player ever, who has had iconic moments at the football club and those young players who have stayed there, would have so much to offer with a culture, a mindset and someone they can look at and identify as a local boy, but she let him go to LA Galaxy,” added the former England captain.

“He had the opportunity to stay there as a player-coach and train him to be a coach in the system they have or a manager, but they chose to do something completely different and let him go to LA Galaxy. .

“So if you talk about loyalty, maybe if the club had an element of loyalty they might have gone there, you know what, because of that loyalty he shows us, we’re going to give him back a little bit at the end of his career.”

Gerrard clearly has no ill-feelings about the Reds’ decision to let him go, and remains a staunch supporter of the club.