Steven Gerrard Happy to Stay On With Liverpool FC

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool FC Captain

Steven Gerrard Signs New Long-term Deal With Liverpool

“I’m very happy. It’s a very proud day for myself and my family,” said Gerrard, after signing the deal.

"The contract extension coming the day after has been the icing on the cake," admitted Liverpool's Champions League winning skipper in 2005. "It has been a perfect 24 hours.

"This is the club I love and is the club I have supported since I was a young boy.

"I am living the dream as the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I love coming to work every day and the experiences I have had since I was eight years of age and first signed for the club, I wouldn't change them for the world.

"To extend that and to hopefully have some more good times in a red shirt is what I want."

After the signing, Damien Comolli, Director of football at Liverpool FC, hailed Steven Gerrard as the greatest player England have produced for 20 years. Gerrard recently signed on a contract extension giving a relief to the Reds.

“It’s a great day for the club, for the fans, for the manager and for everybody – it’s a sign we want to keep our best players here,” Comolli said. “Because he is the captain and because of everything he has done so far, it’s an even better feeling.

“Everybody I speak to says he’s the best player this country has had for the last 20 years. I think that’s quite unanimous.

“I’ve seen something in the press recently in France where they voted for the top five English players over the last 20 years and they came out with Stevie on top.

“When you talk to players, whether they are in the Premier League, in other divisions in England or outside of the country, very often they say ‘will Steven Gerrard be here?’ and ‘what’s his contract situation because he’s so good I want to play next to him?’ And I can understand that.”

“The way he puts the team first and the club first over his interests is absolutely tremendous,” Comolli added.

“He’s a fantastic professional and it’s just great to have someone like this at the club. He’s a leader, he’s charismatic, he’s a top player and he’s a team player. There’s not much more you can ask for from an individual.

“Whenever we want to sign a young player, no matter what their age is, if I ask Stevie to come to the academy to speak to a player, or have a word with someone at Melwood, he is always there to help and try and convince the boy to come to us, to tell the boy about his experiences of being at Liverpool, of coming through the academy and playing for the first team and for this fantastic fan base.

“It’s not only the help he gives on a daily basis to the ones who are here, it’s also the help he gives to help us bring talent to the club. Carra is the same, as to be fair are all the others in the first team. Because it’s him, and because of what he’s done for the club and what he represents in England, when he talks to a young player it makes a difference.

“Then you have on the pitch as well. We were talking to Jordan Henderson last summer and he was talking about training for a couple of days with Stevie for England. He said that as soon as he trained the level went up fantastically. It’s about technical leadership as well, not only mental.”

Gerrard was hit last season by injury problems.

“I think our medical staff have done a fantastic job with both injuries,” he said.

“He’s been out for a long time and it was incredibly frustrating for him and disappointing for us because we were trying to give him as much support as we could.

“It was disappointing because he was out and was desperate to come back and play. We just told him to be patient and not to rush and I think he’s scored three in the last four now. As soon as he comes on you can see his quality and what he brings to the team.”

Gerrard will take on an ambassadorial role for the club when he finally decides to hang up his boots.

“The view myself and Ian Ayre took is we want to keep people like Stevie for the reasons I have talked about.

“As an ambassador he’s going to be around and can give advice to young players, he can give advice to players he would have played with. It’s just great to know he’ll be around for a long time.”

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