Gerrard backs Liverpool to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Steven Gerrard has today given his backing to Liverpool’s bid to become the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Liverpool FC's former captain and current U18s manager has joined a host of elite athletes who are backing Liverpool’s bid, including Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Tony Bellew, Steve Parry and Beth Tweddle.

The city of Liverpool was this week named the 'UK's Greatest Sporting City for 2017' in a new study and is up against the city of Birmingham to become England’s official bid for the games.

Gerrard said: "I am delighted to be able to back the city’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"Liverpool is a city with a rich sporting heritage with its two football teams, boxing stars and global sporting events such as the Grand National and the Open being hosted on Merseyside.

“As a Scouser, it would be fantastic to have another global event like the Commonwealth Games in Liverpool and would help showcase to the world what a great city Liverpool is."

Liverpool 2022 bid chair, Brian Barwick, added: "It is great to have Steven Gerrard so positively backing Liverpool’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"During his career at Liverpool FC Steven was recognised as a world-class star of a world-famous football club.

"To have both Steven and Liverpool Football Club so firmly behind the bid is a further indication of just how determined the city is to win the right to host the Games."