Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a new two-year contract at the club, that all but guarantees that he retires as a Liverpool player.
Gerrard was entering the final year of his current contact and the new deal keeps the Liverpool captain at Anfield past his 35th birthday.
Speaking to the Liverpool website, Gerrard said:
‘I think everyone knows what it means to me.
‘I’ve been here that long and so to extend, it’s a big day for me and I’m really happy for myself and my family. It’s great news.
‘It lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here.
‘I’m glad it’s all done and it’s happened at the right time before the season, so I can just focus on playing as well as I can.’
Managing director Ian Ayre added:
‘It’s fantastic for everyone – the club, Steven and the fans.
‘He is – and always has been – such a big part of Liverpool Football Club. Particularly in this day and age, it’s rather unique to find a local player who has given his whole career to his club.
‘We’re pleased today to add an extension to his existing agreement and that keeps him here until the end of his career.
‘We’ve said what we’ll do in two years’ time is review it again and see how happy Steven is. We seem to always be happy with him, so hopefully we’ll just continue in that vein.’