Rodgers targets Gerrard deal

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to see Steven Gerrard

pen a new contract, with extension talks planned.

The Reds skipper still has 12 months left to run on his current

deal, but Rodgers is eager to tie him to terms which would allow

the talismanic midfielder to see out his career at Anfield.

He claims Gerrard still has ‘a lot more to give’ and feels

Liverpool should be looking to reward a man who has given loyal

service to the club throughout a distinguished 15-year career.

Rodgers said: “Steven has a year left and that is something he

and I are about to discuss.

“Then, I will take things through to the board upstairs.

“There is no doubt that Steven is a player who has given so much

to the club, but he has also got a lot more to give.

“It just emphasises how selfless Steven is that he hasn’t wanted

to talk about a contract because his focus has been on the team and

improving his own game.

“But, obviously, I want him to know that he is very much a part

of what we are doing here and a new contract is something we will

look at between now and the summer.”

Professionalism

Rodgers added: “Steven is in the same category as (Ryan) Giggs

purely because of his professionalism.

“Players that go beyond a certain age have looked after

themselves since they were 19 or 20. It’s not by accident.

“These players sleep and rest in the afternoons. They eat the

right things and keep their bodyweight the same. When it comes to

the point when other players get injured and can’t go on, they keep

playing because they’ve looked after themselves.

“That is down to professionalism and commitment to their

profession. Steven comes in every single day at the same time. He’s

like clockwork. He gets in early, lets the medics assess him, eats

the right foods and is ready to train at 10.30am.

“I have never seen him give less than 150 per cent. He never has

a lazy day.

“Steven is an incredible player and I have never even thought

about replacing him because he has many more years left in

him.”