Rodgers wants Gerrard to sign new Liverpool contract

Brendan Rodgers is keen to offer Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard a new contract to ensure the England skipper stays at Anfield for the foreseeable future, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Gerrard, 32, has just under a year-and-a-half to go on his existing deal and the newspaper claims there was a question mark as to whether or not the midfielder would be offered fresh terms. Both Rodgers and the Liverpool board have emphasised the production of young players as Liverpool look to re-build in the image of the current boss, but the manager insists Gerrard retains an important place in his plans.

Rodgers said: “[Gerrard] is vital to us, and I recognise that. I know he has 16 months left on his contract, but I would want him to go beyond that for this club and this team.

He has been an inspirational captain for us, he has been a huge figure in the development of this team. We are improving, we are growing, and he has influenced that. Absolutely I would want him to stay beyond his current contract and extend it – there is absolutely no question about that.

Rodgers also pointed out that he has no concerns over Gerrard’s fitness despite reason seasons seeing the player struggle somewhat with injury. This season, however, Gerrard has played every minute of league football for Liverpool, as well as playing for England and appearing sporadically in the League Cup and the Europa League.

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