In a very candid and emotional interview with Liverpool's official website, Steven Gerrard outlined his reasoning regarding why he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
"The key conversation was when the manager sat me down and said it was time to manage my games.
"It was a very difficult conversation to have. I'm bright enough to realise it is the right thing. I accept it."
Gerrard has started 17 out 20 matches for Liverpool this season - only Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have started more. However, this is a drop from the previous two seasons under Rodgers when Gerrard had played every game available. Furthermore, when Gerrard was dropped for the Champions League game against Real Madrid in November, reports were rife Gerrard and the manager were at loggerheads.
"When you've been a starter and a mainstay in the team for such a long time... I had an idea the conversation was going to come at some time, but it was a painful conversation."
Gerrard has been linked with a move to the MLS, with LA Galaxy stated to be leading the chase. When asked where his future laid, Gerrard was vague but hinted he was close to making a decision.
"I'm not over the line with any team yet. I'm close and as soon as I know, I'll make the announcement," he said.
Gerrard revealed rather emotionally that he was surprised by the reaction regarding his decision to leave. Gerrard has been a player at Liverpool for 17 years and had been captain for 12.
"I can't read much of the reaction at the moment. I keep switching the TV over," he said.
"I didn't realise it would be as big as this. It's very flattering and I'm very humbled by it. "
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"I wish I'd met Brendan when I was 24 because I think I'd be sitting here talking about a lot of titles that we'd won together," he said.
"Brendan came into this club when I was 32 years of age and it's a shame that relationship didn't start 10 years ago."
Finally, in wrapping up the interview, Gerrard spoke of his immediate ambitions for Liverpool.
"These next six months are a very important period for myself and the team," he said. "I'd love to leave this team with a top-four finish.
"It's difficult to give a message - but, I'm feeling the same. There's still a bit to go and I'd love nothing better than to walk around Wembley or a big stadium at the end of the season with a trophy for them."