That means that should Gerrard agree to a move to Major League Soccer in the near future, the Red Bulls will have first refusal on his rights ahead of all 19 other MLS sides.
The 34-year-old’s situation at Liverpool is a precarious one. He has yet to agree to a contract extension with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season and interest from overseas could be tempting him to experience another challenge before the end of his career.
Gerrard is a one-club man. He has made almost 700 appearances for Liverpool and represented England over 100 times before announcing his retirement from international football last summer.
But the prospect of playing in MLS before hanging up his boots could be an attractive option for the Premier League veteran.
A move to New York would see him link up with former Reds boss Gerard Houllier, the Red Bulls’ international sporting director for football. It would also mean that Gerrard would be living in the same city as New York City FC’s Frank Lampard as two of England’s greatest midfielders could continue to face off against each other in what will be a New York rivalry next season.
Gerrard could sign a pre-contract agreement with a club in January as he is highly unlikely to leave Liverpool before the end of the current season. But a move after his contract expires is the most likely option as the Liverpool captain will not be looking to cause a stir at Anfield halfway through what has been a challenging campaign.
He could sign a new deal with the Reds and remain there for the remainder of his career, but the Red Bulls interest would appear to be bona fide. And despite the fact that they have no agreements with the player, they will hope to tempt him to make the switch stateside.
New York have money to spend and designated player slots to fill following Thierry Henry’s departure, with Tim Cahill also likely to move on. That leaves a rather large Steven Gerrard-sized hole in the middle of the park, and the Reds star could be the ideal man to fill it.
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