Steven Gerrard on the Verge of Joining Manchester City

Robin SAnalyst IMay 10, 2010

HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 9: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool lies on the pitch after hitting the post with a shot in the last few minutes during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at the KC Stadium on May 9, 2010 in Hull, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
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Liverpool idol Steven Gerrard looks certain to join Manchester City after a dreadful season with the Merseyside club.

Liverpool's miseries ended eventually with a 0-0 draw against Hull City and now a crucial transfer period unfolds in front of the Kop skipper and the manager.

Manager Rafa Benitez is also unsure over his future, with Italian side Juventus finalizing strategies to land Benitez in Italy.

Liverpool squad needs massive injection of quality, and the sale of Fernando Torres and Gerrard would fetch the Reds substantial quid to sign quality players.

So many talented players are available for reasonable price but the problem is lack of funds. Hence, it's necessary to sell either of Torres or Gerrard, if not both.

On the other hand, Gerrard is turning 30 soon and his ambitions of winning a Premier League title with Liverpool doesn't look likely in the foreseeable future, so this will be the driving force that could eventually force Gerrard to quit his favourite club.

There are lots of talk about him going to Italy or Spain but his desire to win a Premier League title in his illustrious career still stays as a dream and that could force Gerrard to stay in England for some more time.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are plotting marquee signings to once again grab the attention of football world though their failure to qualify for the Champions League may hamper their chances of signing top-notch players.

But, Gerrard might prefer Premier League over the Champions League mainly because he has won the latter with Liverpool.

Naturally, being an English player his main target going into the twilight years of his career would be the Premier League.

Manchester City are keen on bringing Gerrard to Manchester. Although, no official bid is placed on the table, we may find a £40m bid sooner rather than later.

Financial chaos, and uncertainty over the future of Benitez and the club could compel Gerrard to leave his fave club. However, the scousers may oppose this sale.

Nonetheless, from a personal perspective this is the right decision for Gerrard at this point in his career.