Brendan Rodgers has insisted Liverpool want a new deal for stalwart Steven Gerrard solely down to his footballing talent and not out of sentimentality, according to the Telegraph.
Both player and manager want the situation resolved early with the midfielder entitled to sign a pre contract agreement with another club and leave for nothing as early as January 1st next year.
Rodgers said: “It is certainly not sentimental, as the manager of this club you can’t afford to do that.
“Look at his contribution in the two years that I’ve been here. Steven was 32, had struggled with injury, hadn’t played consistently over a number of years, and I came in, sold him the idea and the philosophy of how we wanted to work and his importance to it. In that period, he has been absolutely outstanding and of course maybe the team hasn’t played so well this year, and maybe there’s a focus on Steven, but he’s been absolutely brilliant for me.
“Both on and off the field, as a leader and a captain and I want to ensure that on this second curve we’re on, in terms of the development of this group, he is very much a part of that.
“He will be 35 at the end of the season but he is still fresh and he still looks after himself very well. Technically he is a big player for us. He is the perfect sort of example for a lot of our players to learn from.”
Despite continued interest from some of the biggest clubs in football, Gerrard has remained loyal to his boyhood club – it is his 17th season with the Reds.
He has made 678 appearances to date and scored 176 goals, and having retired from England duty this year finished with a total of 114 appearances for his country.
Reports have emerged that were there to be difficulties in tying up any potential new contract that Manuel Pellegrini would be interested in taking on Gerrard – much like he has with Frank Lampard this season.
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