LONDON – Liverpool will offer Captain Steven Gerrard a new contract at the end of the season to keep him at Anfield until at least 2016, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers said this on Saturday in London as the 33-year-old midfielder’s current contract expires in 2015.
He said Gerrard had played a major role in the club’s drive towards a first English League title since 1990.
“Steven will be one we look to get a contract to in the summer,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“With a year to go, it’s something we will address. I believe Steven will play beyond 2015. He is a player who has really shown his qualities this season.
“Come the summer, he will still only be 34. Looking towards the future, I still think he’s going to be a key part of our squad.”
Liverpool has been Gerrard’s only professional club for his 16-season career.
He has been the club’s best player with his ability to take the game by the scruff of the neck with a surging run into the box or a thunderbolt strike from range.
This season, however, Rodgers has used him in a deeper role, allowing him to mastermind play from in front of the defence and help unleash Liverpool’s potent strike force.
“He has dropped into a new position and played it seamlessly.
“His intelligence in the game is second to none. He is improving all the time,” Rodgers added.
“It’s one where he has been brilliant for me as a captain and as a player this season and I would like that to continue. (Reuters/NAN)