Brendan Rodgers wants Steven Gerrard to have a new Liverpool contract
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen on offering Steven Gerrard a new contract at Anfield. The England international, who is the second-oldest player in the Liverpool squad, has been in impressive form for Liverpool this season.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who has scored 94 times in made 428 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, has a contract set for expiry at the end of the end of the 2013-14 season. Brendan Rodgers believes it is extremely important for clubs to retain such players on good contracts.
“As yet I don't believe anything has been done [about a new contract],” Brendan Rodgers told the Guardian. “Steven and I have spoken a number of times. His feeling the last time we spoke was to get through this season and see how that goes. His focus is on really helping the group to go forward.
“There's no doubt that, between now and the end of this season, the contract will be looked at. With each day that goes on, you see the real importance he still has to the club. At 32 years of age, he still looks so fit, strong, and you can see his influence on the team.”
Brendan Rodgers reckons the Liverpool owners also share his high regard for Steven Gerrard. The club captain has been the face of the club for over a decade, which is why Liverpool owners would be ready to offer him a lucrative new contract.
“They watch all the games from afar. They understand and I have regular dialogue with them,” Brendan Rodgers said. “I can only feedback in terms of his qualities both as a player and as a leader of the club. As a captain, he's been phenomenal. It's not like they don't get to know about it.
“Steven Gerrard is a unique player. When he came on at Oldham [on Sunday] it was like someone had dropped him from heaven into the game. We went to a totally different level when he came on.
“Unfortunately at this stage, I can't say that, without Steven Gerrard, we would be alright - because I don't believe we would. This is a top, top player who gives so much quality but also enthusiasm.”
The world class midfielder, who has been long-term transfer target of Chelsea and Real Madrid, has five goals and eight assists under his belt in the English Premier League.