Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard tells Ross Barkley to stay at Everton
Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley has been advised to stay at Goodison Park by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
The 19-year-old found himself in regular conversation with the England skipper while they were on international duty. And Gerrard put Merseyside allegiances to one side to tell Barkley to say where he is.
Barkley told the Liverpool Daily Post: “Steven spoke to me a lot on England duty.
“He told me that I’m from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better.
“He’s done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing is no good for my development.
“He was good to me when I was away. I sat next to him on the coach and he gave me loads of advice.
“He said that the big-hitters are going to be looking at me and linked with me but that the main thing is I stay with the club I’m at, the team I support and the team I love, which is Everton.
“I love Everton and all I think about is playing for Everton.”
Barkley has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea.