Captain (fantastic) Steven Gerrard states he could play on for Liverpool beyond 2015 after saying: “I’ve never felt fitter.”
Gerrard, 33, recently signed a contract extension that will ensure he stays at the club for another two years.
The England captain will make his first appearance at Anfield since signing that deal when he appears in his testimonial match against Greek champions Olympiacos on Saturday.
Gerrard is in similar shape to that of Ryan Giggs when he was 33. Realistically, we could see Gerrard playing until 40, but in theory, he may be able to play far longer.
The Champions League winner has been through things no other player has. That experience can’t be taught. It must be shown. The worst case scenario is that it is thrown away, which won’t happen.
By keeping fit with a personal trainer, a tough schedule and staying injury free, the skipper has made it clear that his steam has far from ran out.
He said: “Personally, it’s been the most difficult pre-season we’ve had. The training’s been brutal.
“We’ve got a fitness coach who’s been in for close to eight months. He’s put us through our paces, and I think the quality has shown in our first four games – we’ve yet to concede a goal and we’re scoring freely.
“So far, so good, but there’s still a long way to go and a lot of hard work to be put in, but we couldn’t be in better condition at this stage.”
“In pre-season so far, I’ve done the majority of the training, I’ve played in all the games, and I feel really good and strong.
“So I’m hoping I can go beyond the two years I’ve signed for, but I’ll make that decision as we go along.”
The Liverpool captain said: “When you move into the latter stages of your career, you want to cherish every moment and make the most of it.
“I’ve had many a conversation with Jamie since he stopped, and I’ve also spoken to Robbie Fowler today – I’ve just had lunch with him.
”The first thing they talk about is how much they’re missing it. So while I’ve still got a couple of years left – and maybe a few more after that, who knows? – I want to ensure I make the most of it.
“For me to do that, it’s about winning and trying to add a couple more medals to what I’ve already got, and also to try to leave this club in a healthy position – and that will be in the Champions League. That’s the challenge for me.”
Besides, we all want to see Gerrard win the premier league. To be dramatic, he may even retire the season it happens. But never mind that, I just love a sense of excitement and thrill. One thing is for sure; it would be very bitter-sweet.