Axe man: Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool on Sunday

By Emma Sanders

Danny Murphy has played down speculation that his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard could return to Celtic, claiming he would not go there with Brendan Rodgers in charge.

According to the Express, Gerrard has been linked with a move to Celtic, as well as Newcastle and Liverpool after it was announced he would be leaving LA Galaxy this summer.

However, on TalkSPORT, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy has claimed a reunion between Gerrard and Rodgers is unlikely to happen, despite popular consensus.

“It’s not going to happen, not with Brendan [Rodgers] in charge,” Murphy said.

“It didn’t end very well for Stevie at Liverpool. He wanted to stay, he wanted a two-year deal, and it wasn’t forthcoming for lots of reasons. I don’t think that is going to happen.”

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Gerrard made over 100 appearances under Rodgers at Liverpool and came close to winning the Premier League title during the 2013-14 season under the current Celtic manager.

He was Rodgers’ captain and talisman in midfield but he still never won that elusive league title, and he could have a chance to do that with Celtic as they currently lead the Scottish Premiership table by 10 points.

The Hoops have given themselves a commanding lead in the league table with victories over Aberdeen and Rangers already boxed off this season.

Football Insider verdict:

It would come as a shock if Gerrard did complete the move given his 17-year affiliation with Liverpool, and it is more likely he will return to Merseyside in a coaching capacity than make a shock move to Scotland. The prospect of a league title is luring but Gerrard may consider a move to Celtic as a step down from the heights of the Premier League and the MLS. It would be in his character to crave further success with Liverpool, as a coach or a player, and he may have the chance to do that this season.

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