Gerrard: Liverpool signed me after Man Utd, Everton were in touch
An extract was released to liverpoolfc.com:
"I didn't realise it at the time, but when my dad told me of the interest from Anfield one night at home in Huyton everything altered for me: my direction in life, the path I'd take growing up, the choices I'd make from that day on.
"I was just a baby - eight years old - but that was that. A full-blown love affair had been ignited. Dave Shannon, a coach at Liverpool's Centre of Excellence, had approached Ben McIntyre, the manager of my local Sunday League team, Whiston Juniors, and he then relayed the news to my dad.
"My dad wasn't really surprised. He had grown used to scouts pulling him to one side after games. 'Is the midfielder your lad?' they would ask. 'We like him. We would like him to come and train with us.'
"Manchester United, Everton and Manchester City had all been in touch and basically Liverpool's interest snowballed from there. They didn't want one of their deadly rivals pinching a talent from under their noses and so invited me to go for a trial in the old Vernon Sangster Sports Centre that used to be in the shadow of Anfield, but is now no longer there, or to Melwood in the school holidays."