Hodgson delighted with Gerrard news

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says the news that Steven Gerrard has committed himself to the club will give everyone a boost.

Gerrard spoke this morning of his enthusiasm for Hodgson’s plans, the signing of Joe Cole and the forthcoming season.

The Reds captain returned to training today back on Merseyside, with Hodgson and some of the squad in Switzerland for a pre-season training camp.

“It’s a great piece of news,” Hodgson told LFC TV. “There won’t be anyone in Liverpool today who isn’t delighted to hear that.

“I’m really pleased about it because I’ve got great respect for Steven Gerrard.

“He’s a player who I was really looking forward to working with when I came to Liverpool.  It seems now with that commitment that this will happen. It gives everyone a boost without question.

“It will be a tough season, with a lot of matches and the disappointment of last season is going to take a while to dissipate, but it is very good that our best player is still going to be playing at this club.

“Hopefully with the signing of Joe Cole – and if we are lucky one or two others, to boost the squad – we will be going into this season’s competition, maybe stronger on paper than we were last season.”