Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: Steven Gerrard our most important signing

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers hails Steven Gerrard as his most important signing of the summer after he penned a two-year deal

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield last May Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard’s new two-year deal could be Liverpool’s most important signings of the summer.

The 40-year-old Reds manager has been busy at work since the 2012/13 season finished, adding Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure to his squad.

Gerrard, 33, was one of Rodgers’ most consistent performers last term, scoring nine goals and making nine assists in 34 Premier League appearances, and the club has rewarded the skipper with a new contract.

And the Liverpool manager was “absolutely delighted” to secure the services of the England international for at least another two seasons as the Northern Irishman looks to build a squad capable of a top-four finish.

“I’m absolutely delighted, as you can imagine,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“I’ve talked throughout pre-season about wanting to bring other players into the group, but this was one of the – if not the – most important signings for us.

“He’s an icon here at the football club – a real iconic figure for players and supporters.

“I think he’s still got a good few years left yet. His level of performance last year was outstanding.

“He’s been a great support for me coming into such a club, a brilliant captain, he’s got great values and the leadership he provides is second to none.

“Now he can really concentrate on his football and hopefully stay at the level he’s been at.”

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