Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Steven Gerrard should have joined Chelsea when the chance came along.
Liverpool midfielder Gerrard is leaving the club at the end of this season, almost certainly moving Stateside to play in the MLS.
He nearly joined Chelsea in 2005 after the Reds won the Champions League, but a move to Stamford Bridge fell through and he remained at Anfield.
Scholes told the Independent: “It’s difficult for me, as a United fan, to say it’s a pity that Gerrard has never won the league.
“If there was a time to leave Liverpool and join another club, he should have gone to Chelsea when they tried to sign him for the second time after he won the Champions League in 2005.
“It always looked like Chelsea would win the league more than once.”
Gerrard will pass 500 League appearances for Liverpool before he leaves, and a hatful of trophies in a sparkling career.
Two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Community Shield, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Cup, and the famous 2005 Champions League sit proudly in Gerrard’s honours list.
He also has 114 England caps, only behind David Beckham and Peter Shilton on the all-time appearace list for the Three Lions.
The obvious glaring omission, however, is the Premier League. Liverpool came so close season, with Gerrard’s slip against, ironically, Chelsea allowing Demba Ba to seal a 2-0 win and help cost them the title.
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