Liverpool fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have been left thinking that Christmas has come early after Brendan Rodgers declared he wants to extend Steven Gerrard’s contract at the club.
The 32-year-old currently has a deal on Merseyside until the end of the 2013-14 season but Rodgers is eager to secure his future for even longer.
BBC Sport report that he told the Official Liverpool website: “I don’t think there’s any question [we want to extend his contract],” “It’s vital.”
The Reds legend, who made debut for the club back in 1998, has played in every minute of Rodgers’ Premier League reign and the former Swansea manager sees him as a vital player, saying:
“Steven has a real hunger to succeed. He’s 32 years of age but he’s still got so much left,” Rodgers added.
“He’s still been making the runs and his influence within the team has been outstanding. “His influence for me, especially once he’s started to understand what I’m looking for, has been absolutely first class.
“He applies himself every day, he eats well, rests well, recovers well, works well. This is a guy who has led his life focused purely on being a footballer. And that allows you to go on playing well into your 30s.”
Gerrard has previously been linked with moves away from Anfield including Chelsea in 2004 but he remained loyal to his boyhood club and it now seems that he will finish his career at Anfield, to the delight of the loyal Reds following.