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Liverpool wish to keep Gerrard

2012-12-24 12:07

Liverpool - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his desire to extend Steven Gerrard's contract as soon as possible to ward off potential suitors for the inspirational Reds captain.

The 32-year-old, who has 18 months left on his current deal, capped a dynamic performance with a clinical goal in Liverpool's 4-0 home win over Fulham at the weekend.

Rodgers, who took over from Kenny Dalglish at the start of the season, asserted that Gerrard remained a pivotal part of his plans at Anfield.

"I don't think there's any question (we want to extend his contract," Rodgers told Liverpool's official website.

"It's vital. Steven has a real hunger to succeed. He's 32 years of age but he's still got so much left."

Liverpool's talismanic England midfielder had been linked with a move to Chelsea after the team's famous victory over AC Milan in the 2004-05 Champions League final in Istanbul.

Jose Mourinho, then Chelsea manager and now in charge of Real Madrid, remains an admirer, while even Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson speaks highly of Gerrard.

"He applies himself every day, he eats well, rests well, recovers well, works well," said Rodgers, who has begun to get Liverpool playing more consistently in recent weeks.

"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 provided two assists on top of his sharp finish against Fulham and has played in every minute of Liverpool's 18 Premier League games this season.

"The run that he made for the goal, he's been doing that all season but the ball has just never arrived," 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."

Rodgers added: "(Against Fulham) he had everything in his game, and he's been an inspirational captain for us. I want him to stay beyond his current contract. There is absolutely no question about that."

Reuters

Comments
  • adrian.cloete.37 - 2012-12-24 14:28

    Gerrard is still the king of Anfield

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-24 23:14

      Or he can be the king of the Camp Nou,Stamford Bridg,Old Trafford or wherever he wants.Pro sportsmen HAVE NO loyalty!!!FACT!!!

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-24 23:16

      Or he can be the king of the Camp Nou,Stamford Bridg,Old Trafford or wherever he wants.Pro sportsmen HAVE NO loyalty!!!FACT!!!

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-25 05:45

      Or he can be the king of the Camp Nou,Stamford Bridg,Old Trafford or wherever he wants.Pro sportsmen HAVE NO loyalty!!!FACT!!!

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-12-24 15:07

    He is Liverpool's most famous son. Together with Cara,they will die for LFC. I can't imagine him playing for any other football club.Money means F all to him,but wearing that LFC jersey means his life to him.

      carin.venter.7 - 2012-12-24 23:06

      Then y did he consider leaving LFC for Chelsea BEFORE they won the champions league in 2005?Answer me that!!!Pro sportsmen can be bought at any price!!!

      russel.lunt - 2012-12-25 18:43

      He did consider it; he's still human so why wouldn't he? But the difference between him and Michael Owen was that he couldn't see himself wearing the shirt of another club, so he stayed and won the CL almost single-handedly that season, did the same in the FA Cup final the season after, and then lead Liverpool to a second CL final in 3 years in 2007. Others that have left Liverpool have won little to nothing as a direct result of their own efforts - Owen got an EPL winner's medal with the bare minimum appearances, and Torres got FA Cup and CL winner's medals because of Drogba, a player who more often than not started in his place. Gerrard could have become greedy and won the league title, perhaps with greater input to the result than these others, but nowhere else is he adored as at Anfield, and by staying became a true legend; a title seldom given to anyone, and therefore worth more than any medal.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-12-24 23:47

    Would fit in well at Man U. Move away you're playing for a useless team / club.

      kingswing69 - 2012-12-26 07:20

      Up you. you stupid person

  • Trevor - 2012-12-25 13:22

    A has been in my opinion

  • khabir.hoosen - 2012-12-25 17:08

    Everyone shut up! He is LFC! YNWA!!

  • diaby.kalou.9 - 2012-12-25 21:15

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-26 04:47

    Stevo shud stay put pls bredan don't do an Arsenal tie him up hes still world class look at Giggs,scholes are still competitive at there Age let gerrald provide leadership to those young lads uill never walk alone!

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-26 04:48

    Stevo shud stay put pls bredan don't do an Arsenal tie him up hes still world class look at Giggs,scholes are still competitive at there Age let gerrald provide leadership to those young lads uill never walk alone!

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