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Rodgers: Star names staying put

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Mon, 01 Apr 2013 09:37:00

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn admits he has no idea if he will still be at Ewood Park beyond the end of the season.

Dunn, who is in his second stint at the club, is out of contract in the summer, but the 33-year-old is unsure as to who he should approach to discuss his future.

Rovers are currently without a permanent manager, having had four people in the job already this season, and Dunn concedes the uncertainty at the club is unnerving.

"I'm two or three months away from being out of contract and If I'm being blunt about it, I'm not too sure who to speak to," said Dunn.

"I'd rather just know. My family are here and my kids are here so if it's a 'yes', great, if it's a 'no' then at least I've been here a hell of a long time in two spells.

"I'm probably being more patient than I would be if I was at another club.

"But if it's not going to happen, they could show me a bit of respect and tell me. It would be a crying shame if I got to May, went home, and that was it.

"I deserve a little bit more than that for the effort and the loyalty I've shown over the years. But who knows what happens at this place?"

The pair sparkled in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win at Aston Villa. Suarez was a constant threat throughout despite his midweek exertions with Uruguay and lengthy travel schedule, although he was unable to add to his 29 goals this season.

But he won the second-half penalty converted by man-of-the-match Gerrard to keep alive Liverpool's slim hopes of achieving Champions League football.

Rodgers stressed his focus is on adding to the squad rather than letting players go.

Rodgers said: "It is very important we keep hold of Luis. He is a wonderful player.

"He came back late on Thursday, was in training on Friday and I saw how tired he was. He looked totally shattered from all the travel and all the exertions of the games.

"But you look at him at Villa, his energy and willingness to work for the team and just his sheer quality.

"We don't have to sell Luis. There is nothing like that. He is very happy and we don't need to sell him for the money or anything like that.

"Our job is trying to build the group here and add to it. We've bought front and midfield players and we want to keep striving forward and there is no need to sell."

Rodgers also believes "inspirational" Gerrard can play into his late 30s and revealed he needed an injection in his heel to enable him to play.

But it did not affect his performance and the England captain converted the winning penalty after Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson cancelled out the opener from Christian Benteke.

Rodgers said: "Steven had to get an injection in his heel to play. We had an issue with his heel for a couple of days.

"He had a bit of pain and was struggling to get his boot on. But for him it was a case of whatever it takes to play.

"It was nothing major but many other players might not have played or even trained. That shows the mentality and mindset of the man.

"Can Gerrard play on into his late 30s? Absolutely, no question about that.

"Guys who do that like (Ryan) Giggs, (Paul) Scholes, (Gary) McAllister, it is not what they are doing now, it is what they have done earlier in their careers, when they were 17, 18, 19, 20."

As regards a new contract, Rodgers said: "A new contract is something on the agenda. It will happen in due course."

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