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Stay or go? Steven Gerrard to begin contract talks at Liverpool

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 4, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made a lot of noise last week when talking about his future.

The 34-year-old midfielder, who has been with his hometown club his entire career, spoke about potentially leaving Anfield next summer when his current contract runs out.

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That sparked plenty of interest and debate over where Gerrard could end up, with Toronto FC in MLS and the New York Cosmos of the NASL two rumored options, but it now seems like he could be staying put.

Since Gerrard spoke about his future, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he’s had informal chats with Gerrard’s agent about extending his deal. Later this week Liverpool and Gerrard’s agent, Struan Marshall, will sit down for formal contract talks and a one-year deal is reportedly on the table for Gerrard to sign.

With the former England captain -- Gerrard retired from international soccer after leading the Three Lions at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and winning over 100 caps -- dropping into a deeper midfield role last season and playing superbly as the Reds came so close to winning the Premier League title, this season has been much more of a struggle for Gerrard and his teammates.

Liverpool are currently in 11th place in the PL and have racked up just 14 points from their opening 11 games. Gerrard was rested for their trip to play Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League last week and looked out of sorts as Liverpool lost to Chelsea on Saturday, their fifth defeat of the PL campaign. So, should Gerrard sign a new one-year deal or go elsewhere to finish up his career?

It seems as though Gerrard should remain a one-club man and see out his playing days at Anfield. But with riches abroad perhaps too good to turn down (look at the likes of Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Thierry Henry heading to MLS, for example) it will be interesting to see how these negotiations shake out.

From the outside looking in, it looks far from a done deal that Gerrard will be sticking around at Liverpool for the rest of his career.

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