Brendan Rodgers has said he is thrilled to see Steven Gerrard sign a new contract with Liverpool, the
Rodgers has had a busy summer in the transfer market, signing the likes of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and Spanish pair Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, but the manager believes Gerrard’s signature could prove to be the most important.
“I’ve talked about wanting to bring other players into the group, but this was one of – if not the – most important signings for us,” Rodgers said, adding: “ He’s an icon here at the club. He has still got a good few years left yet. His level of performance last year was outstanding.
“He has been a great support for me coming into such a club, a brilliant captain. He has great values and the leadership he provides is second to none.”
Rodgers was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s pre-season tour to Asia, with the team flying to Indonesia on Tuesday but doing so without the injury Daniel Sturridge. Gerrard, meanwhile, has recovered from an injury suffered at the end of last season and subsequent shoulder surgery, and revealed his happiness at putting pen to paper on his new deal.
“Everyone knows what it means to me to sign,” Gerrard said. “I’ve been here that long and so to extend, it’s a big day for me.”
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