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Is Steven Gerrard a Premier League failure?

Steven Gerrard said an emotional goodbye to the Anfield faithful on Saturday as the Liverpool legend heads closer to his MLS move, but has his Premier League career been a failure?

The 34-year-old midfield powerhouse has been a Premier League runner-up three times in his Liverpool career and has spoke of his disappointment on not winning the title.

“I look back at it with pride,” he is quoted as saying by ESPNFC.co.uk. “I am really proud of what I have achieved here, all the trophies I have won and all the great memories I have had, but certainly not winning the Premier League is a dent in that.

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“There is nothing I can do about it now but it is certainly a regret I will go away with. But I have to look at the big picture – [with] 708 appearances, I have achieved an awful lot more than I thought I would.”

Gerrard had the chance to join Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2005 where he could have been part of their Premier League winning side but his decision to stay with his boyhood club was admirable.

The soon-to-be LA Galaxy man can leave with his head held high, especially after that magical night in Istanbul where he led the charge for Liverpool’s comeback at 3-0 down.

Gerrard has scored a staggering 119 Premier League goals in 503 appearances, and given his input into every Liverpool side he has played in, it is possibly a club failure on not winning the league rather than an individual failure.

His biggest chance to win the title came last season when his painful slip against Chelsea eventually cost his side the trophy, but that should not overshadow his domestic career.

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The former England captain is Liverpool’s top scorer this season and has once again led by example. His input is going to be hugely missed and his influence on expected captain-to-be, Jordan Henderson, is a great example of the role he plays in development.

Gerrard is undoubtedly a Liverpool and Premier League legend, but does never winning the title make his time in England a failure?

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About Lewis Addley (631 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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