Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a new two-year contract at Anfield, ensuring Gerrard’s career remains with one club.
Contract negotiations between Gerrard’s agents and Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre had been ongoing since the end of last season. However this result ensures the England captain will now stay at Anfield beyond the age of 35.
Gerrard, 33, was under contract until the end of next season but manager Brendan Rodgers made the future of the club captain a priority.
Gerrard reacted to the deal on Liverpool’s website, “It’s great news. I think everyone knows what it means to me. 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.”
He added, “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.”
Managing director Ayre said, “It’s fantastic for everyone – the club, Steven and the fans”
“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’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.”
Gerrard started the first 36 of the Reds’ Premier League games last season before side-lining the final 2 after bringing forward a shoulder operation.
Gerrard became Liverpool captain in 2003 and has scored 159 goals in 630 appearances for the club.
Gerrard’s current trophy cabient includes 1 Champions League, 1 Uefa Cup, 2 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 Community Shields and 2 Super Cups.