Steven Gerrard is expected to sign a new contract this week to extend his stay at Liverpool for another two years.
Update: His wife has confirmed the news today, Monday, on her twitter:
Congratulations to my hubby he is signing his new contract today for liverpool FC xxx
— Alex Gerrard 8 (@AlexGerrard7) July 15, 2013
The 33-year-old ‘Captain Fantastic’ is currently sidelined from Liverpool’s pre-season preparations as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery.
However, Gerrard will fly out with the squad this week for their tour of Indonesia, Australia and Thailand.
Gerrard currently has just one year left on his current deal, but Brendan Rodgers sees the England international as a big part of his plans in the rebuilding of the team.
The new deal for Gerrard would take him up to the summer of 2015.
Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph writes in Monday’s paper:
Negotiations between Gerrard and the Liverpool hierarchy have been ongoing since the end of last season and he is expected to put his pen to fresh terms prior to embarking on the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia this week.
The Daily Mail report that striker Daniel Sturridge will miss the Reds’ trip around the world:
Daniel Sturridge is almost certain to remain on Merseyside for pre-season to continue with his rehabilitation programme.
Sturridge sustained an ankle injury whilst on international duty with England earlier this summer, but should be fit for the start of the new Premier League season on August 17th.
Without both Gerrard and Sturridge, Rodgers’ Liverpool side strolled to a 4-0 victory over Preston in their opening pre-season friendly of the summer at Deepdale on Saturday.
Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling and Iago Aspas meant Liverpool started the summer with a bang. Watch the goals and read the match report here.
Ibe was delighted at scoring his first goal for the first team, albeit in a pre-season friendly. He admitted after the game to LFC TV that he hadn’t even prepared a celebration for his first half goal.
“It felt really good, especially scoring and playing with the first team. I enjoyed it a lot,” he said.
“I was waiting for the ball to cross the line; I didn’t have a celebration so I just put my hands in front of my face. I was so relieved, and I looked at Brendan.
“I’ve always wanted to score in an important match, especially playing with the first team, so once that went over the line I felt so happy.”
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