Could the time be right for Steven Gerrard to consider his future?

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Fans have voted Steven Gerrard the best player in the Premier LeagueOver the last couple of seasons, it’s been difficult to know where you stand with Liverpool. One moment they’re causing Manchester City all kinds of trouble and the next they’re faultering to an astonishing 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom.

You have to wonder what captain Steven Gerrard thinks of the whole affair. He’s one of football’s rare one-club guys but it’s looking increasingly likely that by tying his flag to Liverpool’s mast, he’s thrown away any chance he may have had of winning a Premier League title.

He’s won just about every other honour there is – two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one UEFA Cup. But that one big prize still alludes him.

He’s made 584 appearances for the Reds and has a few years left in him yet. But even should he put in another 150 appearances for the Reds, is there any chance that it could lead to a Premier League title for their talismanic midfielder. Steven Gerrard is now 32-years-old. Is it realistic to expect Liverpool to win a title over the next 2-3 seasons.

I’m not so sure. Liverpool are in the process of a long-term rebuilding process and I think the target for the next 2-3 seasons will be to become a top four regular and build towards a title-challenging team in a few years time. In other words, by the time Liverpool are ready to challenge the big boys, they may no longer need Steven Gerrard.

Speaking to The Sun, ex-England boss Sven Goran Erikssen talked about Gerrard’s future: “I don’t begrudge a good guy like Steven winning the Premier League. But maybe he needs to change clubs if he wants to win that title.

Both my dad and I have been Liverpool fans since the club’s heyday in the 1980s but the Liverpool we see today are far from the top level. They simply cannot lose 3-0 to a team like West Brom. It is too bad.”

Now why Sven feels the need to comment on the situation is beyond me, but you can’t help but wonder if he has a point. If his goals include winning a Premier League title, he may have to achieve that elsewhere. This, of course, would raise a number of questions. Could Gerrard turn his back on Liverpool fans? Would a title-chasing club spend the money necessary to sign a talented but aging player? Would Liverpool cope without him.

The answers are not clear. I’m sure he’s delighted to be a part of Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool project, but whether or not he’d give it up for a shot at a title is anybody’s guess.

What’s your take? Can Gerrard win a title with Liverpool or is Sven right to tell him to look elsewhere?

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