Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will remain at the club until at least 2013 after agreeing a two-year extension to his current contract. He hasn’t put pen to paper quite yet, but is expected to sign the deal in the next few days.
This revelation is the latest piece of good news to come from Anfield in recent weeks after manager Rafael Benitez signed a new five-year deal last month. Speculation was then ended with regards to his future and now it seems that Gerrard is joining the Spaniard for the long haul.
Everyone that follows Liverpool will know that this is excellent news. With Benitez and Gerrard on board, they have the ability to achieve great things in the next couple of years.
Speaking about the new Gerrard contract, Benitez agreed that it was ‘fantastic news for the club’ that the midfielder had shown his commitment to the Liverpool cause.
The Reds boss then went on to reveal that there were ‘no problems at all’ in agreeing the deal and that Gerrard has made it clear that he wants to stay at his boyhood club ‘for life’.
These comments will be music to the ears of every Liverpool fan around the world. Benitez is aware that Gerrard ‘inspires those around him’ and this has certainly been the case in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old has been in the form of his life this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions as Liverpool look for silverware both domestically and in Europe.
Benitez’s men have scored 13 goals in their last three games, all victories, during which Gerrard has found the back of the net on six occasions.
This means that they have moved to within touching distance of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League and are one of the most capable teams going into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Gerrard will be hoping that he can celebrate his new deal with another successful couple of weeks on the pitch as there are must-win Premier League games to be played as well as the small matter of a Champions League tie with Chelsea.
Interesting and potentially successful times are ahead for Liverpool and it seems a safe football bet that Steven Gerrard is going to be involved every step of the way.
By Thomas Rooney