Sunday, 31 March 2013

Steven Gerrard To Get New Two Year Deal

Steven_GerrardSteven Gerrard is going to be handed a new two-year deal at Liverpool.
Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is planning contract talks with the club's iconic midfielder in the next couple of weeks.

England captain Gerrard only has one more season left on his current Anfield deal and Rodgers wants to tie him to the club until the summer of 2015 – when he will be 35.

But the Reds' biggest earrner is going to have to take a pay cut on his current £130,000 a week to stay on.

Liverpool's American owners are desperate to bring down the wage bill and reduce the average age of the squad.

But Rodgers is hopeful of persuading them that it is worth bending the rules to keep Gerrard at the club - whilst talking the one club man into dropping his salary to ensure the deal goes through.

The England star has played every minute of Liverpool's Premier League games and Rodgers believes his excellent fitness could be a factor in ensuring he is rewarded with a bumper deal.

Rodgers said: “He has a year left and it’s something him and I are about to discuss and then I will take that through to the board upstairs.

“There’s no doubt this is a player who has given so much to the club but he’s also got a lot more to give as well and it just emphasizes how selfless he is because he’s not wanted to talk about it yet.

“His focus has been to concentrate on the team getting better and improving but it’s obviously something I want him to know that he’s very much a part of what we are doing here and that’s something we will look at between now and the summer.”

Rodgers reckons Gerrard could land another new deal in 2015 because he is looking in such good shape.

He believes his captain could copy Ryan Giggs and play in to his late thirties.

“Steven is in that category, purely because of his professionalism,”said Rodgers.

“Players that do play beyond thirty are players that have looked after themselves since they were 19,20. It’s not by accident.

“You look back at Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister and guys like that. These players slept and rested in the afternoons, they ate the right things and kept their body weight the same.

“When they reached the point where other players got injured and couldn’t quite recover, they kept going because they had looked after themselves. That is down to their professionalism and their commitment to their profession.

“Steven is one of them. He’s a remarkable professional. He comes in every single day, he’s in at the same time, like clockwork.

“He’s in early, he gets changed, lets the medics assess him to make sure he’s alright and has the right foods at the right time to be ready to train at 10.30.

“He goes back, gets his final preparation for training, does his core work and stretching and then goes out. And I’ve never seen him give less than 150% in training every single day.

“He never has a lazy day. He’s not one of those who takes it easy once or twice in a week because he has a game.

“He has his foot to the floor every day. That’s why he’s the man and the player he is. He’s an incredible player.”

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