Steven Gerrard not ready to retire, open to leaving Liverpool if necessary
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is not ready to retire and said he will explore playing elsewhere if the club does not give him a new contract after this season, he told The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman.
Gerrard retired from international soccer earlier this year to complete his tenure as England captain, but he said his club days are not over yet. He has been with Liverpool since joining the club's youth program when he was nine years old.
"I won't be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season," the midfielder said.
"We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision."
Gerrard also said it would be premature to judge striker Mario Balotelli after he has played less than 10 games for the club.
"It's too early to get on Mario's back. I'm not going to judge him after 10 games. I've been impressed with the way he goes about his work. You hear all kinds of stories before you meet him but he does all the work. I like the guy."
In nine games this season, Gerrard has two goals and one assist for Liverpool.
Liverpool is tied for fifth place in the Premier League with 14 points. The Reds play at Newcastle on Saturday.
- Paul Palladino