Gerrard will remain at Liverpool, says Parry

The Liverpool chief executive, Rick Parry, says that he is confident Steven Gerrard will stay at the club whatever the outcome of Anfield's latest bout of boardroom politics.

The chairman, David Moores, said he would consider his future this week during a stormy Annual General Meeting in which it was revealed that at least two other interested parties were preparing bids for the club.

Gerrard, who was the subject of serious interest from a number of clubs including Chelsea in the summer, stated that Moores had been one of the biggest influences behind his decision to stay.

Parry revealed that despite announcing record £21.9m debts this week and coping with the rising costs of a new stadium, Liverpool are under no obligation to sell.

Parry added: "We can't guarantee that any player is going to stay in this day and age and we were absolutely delighted that Steven recommitted himself to the club in the summer.

"But we are certainly not complacent. If we win silverware we will keep our best players. They can keep knocking on the door but it will not be opening, that is for sure," Parry said.

Parry confirmed that Liverpool had two potential buyers, one of which is the local multi-millionaire Steve Morgan, who has tabled a £70m bid, his fourth to take over the club.

"It is about reaching the right conclusion for the next 100 years," said Parry. "Not for the next few months because you only sell the family silver once."

Parry added that with new ground plans slowly progressing it was imperative that any boardroom reshuffles were sorted out by the middle of next year. "It does create a climate of uncertainty," he said. "The speculation causes frustration for our supporters."

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