Gerrard set to sign new Liverpool contract, says Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Steven Gerrard is set to extend his contract in a few weeks. The Liverpool captain is out of contract in 11 months. There are doubts regarding the future of Gerrard at Anfield. Despite coming on the back of a very successful campaign, Gerrard’s position has been speculated due to his age. The 34-year-old recently announced his retirement from international football.
According to rumours, Gerrard is about to sign a two-year contract that will see him pick up £150,000 per week in wages. Rodgers said:
"A lot has gone on at the club over the course of the summer. I am very happy that Steven is now going to commit to Liverpool and I am sure that is something that we will look at.
He is in real good condition and I'm sure it is something that will happen at some point. I know that he can continue to play on beyond this season. I have always said that.”
Gerrard has stated in the past that he wants to continue playing for Liverpool for as long as he can, but he will find it hard to be a bit part player in the coming years. The prospect of going out on a high would appeal to him. It is often said that a top footballer has the intelligence to play in a number of positions. Gerrard has proven this by adapting to the defensive midfield position quite brilliantly.
Liverpool fans will have probably seen the last of Gerrard as a dynamic midfielder who unleashes spectacular shots into the back of the net. He will be more of a player to orchestrate the play from deep positions.
After announcing his retirement from international football, Gerrard appeared to hint at three more years with Liverpool. This new contract is expected to last until June 2016.
The presence of Gerrard is even more important considering that Liverpool are going through an important phase with their intense transfer activity. A number of new players have been signed in the last few weeks. More are expected to come and Gerrard will be a player that they can look up for guidance.