Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard: I’m living the dream at the club I love
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard delighted after signing contract extension and agreeing to ambassadorial role when he retires
Steven Gerrard committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new contract extension – and then vowed to steer the Reds into the Carling Cup final.
The 31-year-old midfielder, whose penalty gave Liverpool a precious one-goal lead to take back to Anfield for the return leg of their semi-final against Manchester City, penned a fresh long-term deal with the Anfield club on Thursday.
“I’m very happy,” he told Liverpool’s website. “It’s a very proud day for myself and my family. It comes on the back of a fantastic team performance last night when we got the result we were looking for. Hopefully we can finish the job off in two weeks’ time and take all of our magnificent fans down to Wembley for a day out.”
The England international could not hide his delight at agreeing the extension, the length of which has not been revealed, after enduring an injury-plagued 2011.
“This is the club I love and is the club I have supported since I was a young boy. I am living the dream as the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I love coming to work every day and the experiences I have had since I was eight years of age and first signed for the club, I wouldn’t change them for the world. To extend that and to hopefully have some more good times in a red shirt is what I want.”
Gerrard has also agreed to take up an ambassadorial role with the club after hanging up his boots – and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish hailed Gerrard’s new deal as “fantastic” news for the club
“It’s fantastic for everybody,” he said. “Over the past couple of years he’s had a couple of disappointing spells where he’s picked up injuries through no fault of anybody.
“He’s come back fantastically well and is starting to get himself back to full fitness.
“For us, for Steven and for everybody connected with football club it’s fantastic news. We’re delighted for him and are looking forward to him getting back to full fitness and working hard for us and with us.”