Steven Gerrard has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Liverpool, taking his stay up to the summer of 2015.
As we reported last night, the 33-year-old England international signed the deal with the club today, before the squad jet off to continue their pre-season preparations.
Brendan Rodgers’ men play Indonesia this Saturday, before games against Melbourne Victory, Olympiakos, Valerenga and Celtic.
Gerrard has played his full career at Liverpool after making his debut under manager Gerard Houllier in November 1998.
Known to the fans as ‘Captain Fantastic’, Gerrard’s world class midfield abilities have helped the Reds to two FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, one UEFA Cup and the European Cup in 2005.
A delighted Gerrard told the club’s official website, “I think everyone knows what it means to me.
“I’ve been here that long and so to extend, it’s a big day for me and I’m really happy for myself and my family. It’s great news.
“It lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here.
“I’m glad it’s all done and it’s happened at the right time before the season, so I can just focus on playing as well as I can.”
Managing Director Ian Ayre was equally happy to have the deal completed to keep Gerrard on at Anfield.
He also told the club’s official website, “It’s fantastic for everyone – the club, Steven and the fans.
“He is – and always has been – such a big part of Liverpool Football Club. Particularly in this day and age, it’s rather unique to find a local player who has given his whole career to his club.