Hodgson confident Gerrard will stay

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said Thursday he was confident

Steven Gerrard would remain at the club after holding talks with

the England midfielder.

Hodgson met with club captain Gerrard and long-serving defender

Jamie Carragher after being appointed as Rafael Benitez’s successor

last week.

“Steven and Jamie are the playing heartbeat of the club and

it’s very important we keep people like that with us,” Hodgson

told Liverpool’s website.

Gerrard has been linked with a move away from Anfield after a

disappointing season in which the club finished seventh, missing

out on qualification for the Champions League.

However, Hodgson believes he can convince the 30-year-old

Gerrard to stay.

“I anticipate there might be a situation where other big clubs

will try and sign Steven, but he gave no indication that he wanted

to leave,” Hodgson said.

“Nobody at the club wants him to go so I will be doing my

utmost to make sure he stays. I am confident he will.”

Hodgson has yet to meet with striker Fernando Torres, who is

still on duty with World Cup finalist Spain.

Torres is also a target for several European clubs and has

indicated he will wait until speaking to the Liverpool hierarchy

before committing to the club.

“Fernando is a wonderful striker and I understand the fans’

concerns about his future,” Hodgson said. “Unfortunately with the

World Cup still on, I won’t be able to meet him face to face for

another few weeks.

“When I do meet him, I will be doing everything I possibly can

to convince him that Liverpool is the place to be. If he sees

progress, I am confident that he won’t want to go anywhere

else.”

Hodgson also revealed that Kenny Dalglish has been offered a new

role that will provide a link between the first team and

Liverpool’s youth academy.

Dalglish has been working at the academy in an ambassadorial

capacity since last summer.

The 59-year-old Scot put himself forward for the manager’s

position before Hodgson’s appointment but was not considered as a

candidate by the Liverpool board.

“I never doubted that Kenny would leave,” Hodgson said. “He’s

been offered a role … There is a bridge between the academy and

the first team that needs to be created and I believe he can help

build that bridge.”