Gerrard effectively announces first two summer departures

Gerrard effectively announces first two summer departures

Steven Gerrard has effectively confirmed the summer departures of Gareth McAuley and Joe Worrall by admitting players in defence will need to be replaced.

McAuley is out of contract and, in truth, was never really in favour under Gerrard, along with his injuries, while Worrall’s loan expires and he too had lost his place in the past month or two to the returning Nikola Katic, but the manager has now essentially put any doubt over their tenures in Govan to bed.

He said when asked on Worrall and McAuley:

“We are looking for centre backs. [Worrall and McAuley] Yes, that’s an area we’ll have to get some bodies in and replace and strengthen.”

We’re not really sure why McAuley was brought in – he wasn’t fit to start with and did impress with his leadership and influence on Connor Goldson (who played some of his best defending of the season alongside the NI international) but found himself a fringe player quickly, albeit with injuries not helping.

As for Worrall, he was finished quite a few weeks ago and there appears no desire on Gerrard’s part to want to extend the loan anyway, regardless of performances.

As for Mexer, it seems not. For the moment…

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  1. McCauley was brought in to provide cover as the fourth centre back. He himself probably would have liked to play more but I'm sure he contributed a lot behind the scenes. I wouldn't say it was a success or a failure but he did what he was brought in to do. Obviously injuries can't be accounted for and are disappointing.
    Last season we had Alves, Cardoso, Bates, Wilson and Martin. I would pick this seasons fourth choice, McCauley, ahead of all of them.

    • For such a seasoned pro I was surprised when McAulay admitted he never did a pre-season. Probably says it all regarding where his head was. Yet another "lesson learned".

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