Brendan Rodgers reveals new contract for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed captain Steven Gerrard will soon be offered a new extension contract. The Anfield boss claims the Liverpool board is keen on keeping Steven Gerrard at the club.
 
Steven Gerrard, a true Liverpool born and bred, has been a wanted man by many top notch clubs across Europe for years. The 32-year-old midfield maestro has been closely linked with moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the past.
 
In spite of all the interest in him, Steven Gerrard has always expressed desire to spend the remainder of his career at Liverpool. The England captain has twice turned down the opportunity to move to Chelsea and once snubbed the chance to play for Real Madrid.
 
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Liverpool will start talking with Steven Gerrard in the coming weeks. Therefore, there is still time before a new deal is brought to the table.
 
“Steven has a year left and that is something he and I are about to discuss,” Brendan Rodgers said. “Then, I will take things through to the board upstairs.
 
“There is no doubt that Steven is a player who has given so much to the club, but he has also got a lot more to give.
 
“It just emphasizes how selfless Steven is that he hasn't wanted to talk about a contract because his focus has been on the team and improving his own game.
 
“But, obviously, I want him to know that he is very much a part of what we are doing here and a new contract is something we will look at between now and the summer.”
 
Brendan Rodgers compared Steven Gerrard to Manchester United midfield legend Ryan Giggs. The Merseyside boss hopes Steven Gerrard will be able to carry his career into his late years like Ryan Giggs, who will celebrate his 40th birthday next season.
 
“Ryan Giggs says players can carry on longer now but it's not by accident,” Brendan Rodgers said. “Steven is definitely in that category, purely because of his professionalism.
 
“Players who play beyond the age where you might expect them to be thinking of packing it in are those that have looked after themselves since they were 19 or 20.”
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