Steven Gerrard puts pen to paper on a new deal with Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him at the club for two more years. Reports on Liverpool’s official website have confirmed that Steven Gerrard has committed his future to Anfield till 2015.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took strong steps to ensure Steven Gerrard was happy with his stay at Liverpool. The 33-year-old England international, who had less than a year left on his contract will now be at the Merseyside club beyond his 35th birthday.
The born and bred Liverpool player, Steven Gerrard had already announced that he would end his career with the Reds. Therefore, the only thing that could trouble supporters and the club officials is the date of the Englishman’s retirement.
“I think everyone knows what it means to me,” Steven Gerrard said in an interview to Liverpool’s official website. “I've been here that long and so to extend, it's a big day for me and I'm really happy for myself and my family. It's great news.
“It lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here. I'm glad it's all done and it's happened at the right time before the season, so I can just focus on playing as well as I can.”
Steven Gerrard will be able to celebrate a quarter of century’s worth of relationship with
Liverpool when he completes his two-year deal. Steven Gerrard has been at Liverpool since he was nine years old.
Since his professional debut for Liverpool in 1997, Steven Gerrard has appeared in 630 matches and scored 150 goals for Liverpool. This means the Reds skipper is seventh on the all-time highest goalscorers for Liverpool and is eighth in standings of the highest appearances.
Steven Gerrard would complete a decade as captain of Liverpool this October. During this time Steven Gerrard has won the Champion League, the UEFA Cup, twice the FA Cup twice and thrice the League Cup.
Brendan Rodgers has been keen on ensuring Steven Gerrard stays at his best season. Steven Gerrard’s testimonial game will be held against Olympiakos on August 3.
“It's fantastic for everyone - the club, Steven and the fans,” Liverpool’s managing Ian Ayre said. “He is - and always has been - such a big part of Liverpool Football Club. Particularly in this day and age, it's rather unique to find a local player who has given his whole career to his club.
“We're pleased today to add an extension to his existing agreement and that keeps him here until the end of his career.
“We've said what we'll do in two years' time is review it again and see how happy Steven is. We seem to always be happy with him, so hopefully we'll just continue in that vein.”