Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers eyes new Steven Gerrard deal
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is keen to offer Reds captain Steven Gerrard a new contract
Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wants Liverpool to offer captain Steven Gerrard a new contract.
The 32-year-old has played a key part in the club’s transition under Kenny Dalglish’s successor at Anfield, scoring four goals in 25 outings for the Reds this term.
Gerrard, who has made 609 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, has 18 months left on his current contract, and Rodgers wants to ensure the midfielder continues playing beyond the 2013/14 campaign.
“I don’t think there’s any question [that we want to extend his contract],” said Rodgers. “It’s vital.
“Steven has a real hunger to succeed. He’s 32 years of age, but he’s still got so much left. 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.”
He added: “I think in fairness to Steven, the run that he made for the goal, he’s been doing that all season but the ball has just never arrived.
“He’s still been making the runs, and his influence within the team has been outstanding. I thought he was really at the top of his game.
“His influence for me, especially once he’s started to understand what I’m looking for, has been absolutely first class.
“[Against Fulham] he had everything in his game, and he’s been an inspirational captain for us.”