Liverpool FC are set to open talks with skipper Steven Gerrard over a contract extension
Steven Gerrard yesterday said that he could leave Anfield next summer if he wasn’t offered a new contract as he wasn’t looking to retire just yet.
“I’m only contracted until May. As it stands, I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it,” said Gerrard, who is closing in on 700 appearances for his boyhood club,” said the 34 year old
“I won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.
“We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision. If they don’t come then I will see what’s out there.”
These comments made by Liverpool’s talismanic captain genuinely shook up the fans who will not be able to see Gerrard donning different colors.
However, Liverpool ECHO now have stated that Liverpool are determined to ensure that that doesn’t happen and will offer Gerrard a 12-month extension to cover the 2015/16 campaign.
They write: Anfield officials always intended to wait to see how the early stages of this season panned out before sitting down with the skipper to discuss his future. Talks are expected to begin in the next fortnight with the Reds fully committed to keeping him at Anfield. Owners Fenway Sports Group know that aside from Gerrard’s enduring talent on the field, he is also an inspirational leader and model professional off it. His wealth of experience is seen as invaluable in a squad packed full of young potential.Money won’t be a stumbling block in any negotiations but discussions are likely to centre around how Liverpool see Gerrard’s role in the side going forward. Whether he would be willing to one day make the transition to being a squad player is unlikely.
It would be interesting to see if Gerrard is willing to reduce his role next season, but the chances of that happening are there. Gerrard has always been extremely professional all his career and has gone on record several times in the last two-three years saying he is okay with being used however the manager wants to use him.
The ex-England captain is currently invaluable to Rodgers’ plans and has played every single minute of the Premier League and the Champions League this season. Even though the player hasn’t had the best season so far, much like his club overall, he still remains an integral part of the squad.