James Lawton: Gerrard's loyalties prove constant as changing seasons

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Now Steven Gerrard tells us that it was loyalty to the embattled Liverpool chairman, David Moores, rather than the great Anfield public that persuaded him to turn down Chelsea at the last minute.

Now Steven Gerrard tells us that it was loyalty to the embattled Liverpool chairman, David Moores, rather than the great Anfield public that persuaded him to turn down Chelsea at the last minute.

Gerrard is beginning to build something of a reputation as a man for changing seasons. His support for Gérard Houllier, we are obliged to remember, was fervent right up to the point when he ceased to be the boss who made him captain and awarded him a fat new contract.

Now his devotion to the new coach, Rafael Benitez, who appears to have done a brilliant job in rationalising the England star's approach to a game in which he carries so much talent, seems to be somewhat flickering. His displeasure at being replaced near the end of the game at Aston Villa was made clear on Saturday night television.

It could be that Gerrard is in need of a little advice before making his statements to the nation. Not so long ago he told a TV audience that he thought Michael Owen should do the right thing and re-sign for Liverpool. This was shortly before Gerrard came so close to joining Chelsea despite his own recent new contract.

Gerrard, in the care of Benitez, is reminding us quite how arresting he can be. On the field, that is. Off it, there is again the worry that he may just be running ahead of himself.

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