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Gerrard opens up on "flirting" with Chelsea and his fears of Liverpool rebuild

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The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Steven Gerrard admits he feared Liverpool wanted to sell him to Chelsea to finance a big-money squad rebuild under Rafael Benitez.

"Chelsea bid £37.5million.



The Blues were heavily linked with Gerrard after the Reds' disappointing 2003/04 season and tabled a £20million bid for the midfielder.



But the contract stand-off had rumbled on for many weeks and Gerrard admits he was seriously tempted by Chelsea's approaches.



The Englishman opted to stay at Anfield under their new manager Benitez and the pair led Liverpool to glory in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.

Chelsea were not deterred by Liverpool's European success and tabled a much-improved offer for Gerrard in July 2005.

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