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Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract

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According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.

English midfielder Steven Gerrard played for Liverpool from 1998 to 2015.

And at the end of his career with the Reds, the team decided not to offer him a new contract, which is why he left to retire with LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Now his former teammate, Michael Owen, has revealed why this happened.

In Steven’s case, I severely doubt whether he really wanted to go and play in the States in 2015,” Owen’s words were echoed by The Express.

“I’ve heard that the club wanted him out two years prior to when he actually left.”

“I’m sure he would rather have wound his career down at Liverpool, playing increasingly fewer games until he reached a point where he could be integrated into the coaching staff,” he added.

“This only happened later in his case.”

“But instead, because he’d become so symbolic and so powerful, I believe he was forced out in the short term. Steven was bigger than the club,” he commented.

“He was brought in at St. James’ Park as the saviour, the local boy. It could have been a great story.”

Owen commented: “But he failed. Newcastle United was relegated.”

“Perhaps rather than examine his own shortcomings, it felt easier to blame Michael Owen.”

He concluded: “I can’t deny their actions that day changed things for me.”

“No longer was I even going to attempt to ingratiate myself with the fans. Instead, I flipped it in a slightly more resentful way thinking, I don’t need to justify myself to f****** Newcastle fans.”