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Gerrard may retire in 2013

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard has said he may retire when his contract ends in four years.

"I will be 33 at the end of my contract in 2013 and I don't know if I will go beyond," England midfielder Gerrard was quoted as saying in yesterday's France Football magazine.

The 29-year-old, who began his professional career at Anfield in 1998 and signed a two-year extension to his deal in April, has often been courted by Liverpool's main rivals but said he wanted to remain a one-club man.

"If I do retire, then I will know that from the start to the end of my career I only had one club," he said. "And I don't want to think about wearing any other shirt in the future."

Gerrard, who has made nearly 500 appearances for Liverpool, enjoyed one of his best seasons last term, scoring 24 goals as the Anfield club pushed champion Manchester United all the way to the penultimate week of the season in the title race.

With Liverpool setting a new points record of 86 for English Premier League runner-up and having a goal difference of plus 50, Gerrard believes next season could be the year the Reds end their long wait for a league title, dating back to 1990.

"I believe the experience of defeat we felt last season will be useful to us next term," said Gerrard, who won the Champions League in 2005 but is still missing a Premier League title.

"The team has greatly improved over the last year or so. Today we are much closer to winning the title than we've been in the past," he added on Liverpool's Website.



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