Steven Gerrard has released a statement to Sky Sports News regarding his decision to leave Liverpool. The statement reads:
"The last six weeks have been the toughest of my life. The decision I have come to has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I fully intended to sign a new contract after the Champions League final but the events of the past five or six weeks have changed all that. I have too much respect for the club and the people at it to get involved in a slanging match."