Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is very confident he will put pen to paper on a new deal to extend his stay at Anfield this summer.
The 32-year-old made his debut for the Reds in 1998 under Gérard Houllier, and is still a permanent first team fixture today, as he prepares for his 36th consecutive league start in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby.
Gerrard says a contract extension, which will likely take him up to the end of his career at Liverpool, is just a formality with both parties wishing it to happen.
He told the press and the club’s official website, “They want me to extend, I want to extend, so it’s just a matter of time really.
“How long for I’m not too sure yet. That’s under discussion at the moment. But it will get sorted one way or another in the summer.”
Brendan Rodgers was equally as keen to get a new deal signed, telling the press of his delight with working with the England international midfielder and soul of the Liverpool team for so many years.
“I have been ever so pleased with Stevie this year. For me as a manager, to have a captain like that has been brilliant,” said Rodgers.
“He’s certainly one I would envisage to be here for a good few years yet.
“Stevie and I went out for something to eat a couple of weeks back and had a good chat about plans and whatnot.
“He is very deserving of it [a new contract]. He is a really humble man, who always puts the club first. We spoke earlier on in the season and wanted to make sure we were progressing and improving.”