Liverpool players in Gerrard plea as he mulls over new contract

Liverpool players have got behind club captain Steven Gerrard and pleaded with him to extend his stay at the only club he has ever played for, the Guardian is reporting.

The 34-year-old skipper is a rare modern one club man – having played almost 700 times for Liverpool – and with his contract up at the end of the season now has a chance to assess his options and footballing future.

Poor form has seen Gerrard dropped once this season and come in for heavy criticism, with some saying he has started his decline in the autumn years of his career – although he responded to being benched with a man of the match performance on Tuesday and a goal against Leicester City.

Liverpool have finally offered a new deal to their club legend and the players at Anfield are in no doubt about what they would like to happen.

Rickie Lambert led the way for his team mates, saying: “After years of watching him I am enjoying playing with him and long may it continue.

“I think I am speaking for everyone involved in Liverpool when I say that we are desperate to keep Stevie. It’s clear that it’s his decision and the club’s decision but I think he needs to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his life.

“That’s just my opinion. He has got more than enough in the tank. He is still one of the best players around for me.”

Jordan Henderson joined Lambert in signing the ex-England international’s praises by claiming it would be a “massive loss” should the club captain decide to explore pastures new.

Gerrard has stated that ‘decide when he is ready’ and denied reports that money is stalling any decision.

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