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  • History will be kind to Steven Gerrard, despite the sneers

    Scott Murray says Steven Gerrard doesn't need a Premier League winners' medal when he is loved and adored.

    Steven Gerrard waves goodbye to his adoring fans at AnfieldSteven Gerrard waves goodbye to his adoring fans at Anfield

    The English call it French leave, while the Americans know it as an Irish goodbye. But perhaps the most apt term here is ‘filer à l'anglaise’: to leave English style. It's the art of leaving a party without saying your farewells. And there's much to recommend it: no awkward small chat, no emotional longueurs, no embarrassing, gauche, clumsy exits.

    Steven Gerrard, planning the leaving of Liverpool after 16 years as the heartbeat of the club, did not opt for the filer à l'anglaise. If the former England captain had his time again, he'd surely consider it. The announcement of a six-month-long

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