Gerrard offered new Liverpool deal says boss Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, 34, has been offered a new deal according to boss Brendan Rodgers, dispelling rumours of a recent rift between the pair. The Reds are 3/1 to secure a top four finish this season, though have struggled to string form together.
Gerrard, who inspired Liverpool to an unlikely Champions League victory in 2005, plus an FA Cup win the following season, was fundamental in their successful campaign last season as they finished Premier League runners-up, having led for much of the season.
Asked whether there was a rift between the pair, prior to the match against Leicester, Rodgers said: “No, 150% no.”
The Northern Irish manager also said the player would be given time to consider his new contract, stating: “It is a big move not just in his life but in terms of committing where his next contract is going to be.
“There are probably many things Steven would have to think about in a decision like this but it certainly won’t be money. I have spoken to him often enough and at length and that won’t be the case,” he continued.
“No matter how good a player has been, once they come towards those final years then as manager you are having to think how you can get the best out of the player.”
“Everyone knows his history at this club. What a player he has been, and still is. I see his talent every day and just need to manage that and think how it can be most effective.
“I love working with Steven Gerrard. I’ve enjoyed every single minute. I hope that continues.”
There were suggestions earlier in the season that Gerrard could join another club if he wasn’t offered a new deal, with the player stating he had no intention to retire.
“I will play beyond this season,” he said. “We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision.”