LIVERPOOL wanted to give Steven Gerrard the boot TWO years before he left for LA Galaxy in 2015.

That is the sensational revelation of former Anfield star Michael Owen in his recently-published autobiography Reboot.

Rangers boss Gerrard, a boyhood Reds fan, graduated from the club’s academy just 11 months after Owen to sign a professional deal at the Merseyside outfit.

The striker quit the club for Real Madrid in 2004 with the club captain and midfielder resisting interest from Chelsea to remain that summer.

Gerrard eventually left for the Los Angeles side more than a decade later, but Owen believes the international powerhouse was forced out of Anfield at a time when ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was in charge.

Owen wrote: “In Steven’s case, I severely doubt whether he really wanted to go and play in the States in 2015.

“I’ve heard that the club wanted him out two years prior to when he actually left.

“I’m sure he would rather have wound his career down at Liverpool, playing increasingly fewer games until he reached a point where he could be integrated into the coaching staff.

“This only happened later in his case. But instead, because he’d become so symbolic and so powerful, I believe he was forced out in the short term. Steven was bigger than the club.”

Gerrard spent 18 months at LA Galaxy before retiring at the age of 36.

The Liverpool legend took over at Ibrox at the start of last season and is helped by another ex-Anfield star, Gary McAllister.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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