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Video - Extended Steven Gerrard interview as he retires

Gerrard opens up in BT Sport interview
Gerrard opens up in BT Sport interview

Steven Gerrard has offered up an extended interview to BT Sport’s Gary Lineker, after confirming that he has decided to bring down the curtain on his playing career.

The former Liverpool captain has struggled to make his mark in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy over the last 18 months and it comes as no surprise that he has chosen this moment to hang up his boots.

“There are a few reasons really,” Gerrard told Lineker. “Obviously you are aware of this time coming towards the end and the body starts talking to you, the pains and the aches get more regular.

“The way you feel out there on the pitch changes, over the last couple of years I've felt myself slowing down a little bit if you like.

“I basically can't deliver what I used to be able to deliver and that becomes a little bit frustrating as time goes on.

“And also I've listened to people over the years, important people in the game who I trust and have a lot of respect for, they said always go with a tiny bit left.

“Never overstay your welcome and play on too long where it becomes embarrassing. I can feel that's not too far away, so now is the right time.”

You can watch the full interview with Gerrard here: