Steven Gerrard set to sign new Liverpool contract
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Liverpool, 10/1 to win the Premier League, are set to “look at” skipper Steven Gerrard’s contract, with the Reds boss still rebuilding his side after the departure of Luis Suarez.
Midfielder Gerrard, 34, has just one year left on his current deal, but an extension until 2016 is reportedly in the works, following the Reds talisman’s decision to retire from international football.
The decision by the former England captain has been welcomed by Rodgers, who was “very happy” with the news, and believes it can only bring further longevity to Gerrard’s career at Anfield.
Speaking as his side continue their pre-season preparations, the Liverpool coach stated he was “sure [it] will get sorted…I know he can continue to play beyond this season. I have always said that. Now he doesn’t have international football, he will have that freshness.”
A new deal for Gerrard, who saw the Premier League ‘slip’ from his grasp last season, would be a welcome boost for the Reds, as they look to challenge for the title again.
Rodgers admitted “a lot has gone on at the club over the course of the summer”, with Suarez’s £75m departure to Barcelona a catalyst for a spate of new signings.
Liverpool have certainly been busy, with highly-rated forward Lazar Markovic, midfielder Emre Can and former Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert all arriving at Anfield.
QPR striker Loic Remy is set to switch his allegiance to the Reds, with an £8.5m fee already agreed, and a season-long loan for Atletico Madrid right back Javier Manquillo is also rumoured to be close to completion. It appears the Premier League giants are not finished dipping into the transfer market yet, though.
Nippy winger Nicholas Gaitan, 26, is the latest star to be linked with free-spending Liverpool. The exciting attacker excelled for current club Benfica last term, and was named in the Europa League Team of the Year.
Gaitan, who netted eight times for the Portuguese giants last season, is rumoured to have a release clause of £35.6m, with Monaco believed to have already failed to agree a fee for the Argentine.
Quick and versatile, Gaitan, who has long been linked with the Reds’ rivals Manchester United, could fit in seamlessly at Anfield, and link up with former teammate Markovic.
Rodgers, evens to secure a top four finish for Liverpool, already has an abundance of options in offence, though, including Philipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, and must beware of imitating Spurs’ summer splurge last season.
After selling Gareth Bale for £85m, Tottenham opted to replace the superstar with a raft of signings who disappointed and failed to gel.
Sometimes less can be more, and Liverpool should avoid Spurs’ syndrome by plumping for quality over quantity, and focusing on making acquisitions in problem areas such as defence. Southampton centre back Dejan Lovren continues to be linked, but a move has so far still failed to materialise.