Steven Gerrard Admits Regret in 'Flirting' With Chelsea Move & Reveals 37.5m Bid Was Lodged

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he regrets flirting with the idea of moving to Chelsea as a player earlier in his career.

Gerrard was unsure of his long-term future back between 2004 and 2005 as Chelsea upped their interest in the former England international, submitting a £37.5m bid in an attempt to add him to their already star-studded squad.

Speaking on Gary Neville's Soccerbox, Gerrard opened up on the saga and admitted he was unclear of what the future would hold.

Gerrard moved across the pond to LA in 2015

"I regret the little bit of flirting back then and how that all blew up," Gerrard said, as quoted by the Star.

"The fact is I didn’t know whether I was coming or going with Rafa at the time. Rafa was having conversations with me like ‘I know your agent is talking to Real Madrid and Chelsea’.

"I got a paranoid feeling at the time that Rafa would have taken money to try and build Liverpool on. Chelsea bid £37.5m. At the time, massive amounts of dough but what would you get for that now?”

On the idea of joining Chelsea, Gerrard added: “[Jose] Mourinho was a massive part of that. A lack of maturity on my part allowed me to think about it and flirt with that idea a bit. But now I have no regrets at all because Liverpool are the club I love - and that’s the way it should be.”

Gerrard was heavily linked with Chelsea earlier in his career

Despite all the flirting and rumours, Gerrard stayed loyal to his boyhood club and won the Champions League in 2005, also playing a key role in their FA Cup triumph in 2006.

The 40-year-old didn't leave Liverpool until 2015 when he transferred to LA Galaxy for one season before he retired in 2016. He took up Rangers' managerial post in 2018.

Source : 90min