Steven Gerrard signs contract extension with Liverpool

England captain has signed a new deal to keep him at Anfield

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a contract extension, the club have announced.

The 33-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Anfield, put pen to paper on his new deal at the club's Melwood training ground this morning.

The England skipper told www.liverpoolfc.tv: "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 said the club and the player would review the contract situation in 2015, but was confident the new deal would secure the midfielder's services "until the end of his career".

He said: "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.

"We're pleased today to add an extension to his existing agreement and that keeps him here until the end of his career.

"We've said what we'll do in two years' time is review it again and see how happy Steven is. We seem to always be happy with him, so hopefully we'll just continue in that vein."

Gerrard made his first-team debut in 1998 and has now racked up 630 appearances for the club, scoring 159 goals, and winning the 2005 Champions League, the 2001 UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cup crowns.

PA

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