Brendan Rodgers confirms that Gerrard is set to be offered new Liverpool contract
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he plans to offer captain Steven Gerrard a contract extension in the summer as a reward for his outstanding performances this season, report ESPN. The Merseysiders are still in the race for their maiden Premier League title despite Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea last weekend and Rodgers is adamant that [...]The post
The Merseysiders are still in the race for their maiden Premier League title despite Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea last weekend and Rodgers is adamant that the England skipper will be able to continue as the club’s talisman for a number of years.
“Steven will be one we look to get a contract to in the summer. With a year to go, it’s something we will address.
“I believe Steven will play beyond 2015. He is a player who has really shown his qualities this season.
“Come the summer, he will still only be 34. Looking towards the future, I still think he’s going to be a key part of our squad,” he insisted.
The midfielder has been deployed in a deep lying role this season as his legs can no longer produce the driving runs of old, but his excellent range of passing has helped the Reds to emerge as surprise title contenders.
Gerrard’s adaptation to his new position is testament to his ability and it seems as long as he stays fit, Rodgers will reserve a place for him in the side.
“He has dropped into a new position and played it seamlessly. His intelligence in the game is second to none. He is improving all the time.
“It’s one where he has been brilliant for me as a captain and as a player this season and I would like that to continue.
“Most clubs, especially bigger clubs, recognise now that once a player gets over a certain age you have to look at a contract’s duration.
“But for me Steven still has so much to offer and I really want him beside me here working on the field,” Rodgers declared.
Steven Gerrard has completed 224 long balls in the Premier League this season, more than any other outfield player.