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Roberto Martinez insists that his side are simply looking to beat Manchester City on Saturday for their benefit, rather than their cross-city rivals.

Brendan Rodgers has told the Liverpool Echo that he will look to agree a new contract with Steven Gerrard in the summer.

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Gerrard's current terms at Anfield expire at the end of next season, and Rodgers is already thinking about prolonging his deal.

The midfielder, 33, has occupied a deeper role for the table-toppers this season, and Liverpool's manager believes he still has plenty to offer.

"Steven will be one we look to get a contract to in the summer," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo. "With a year to go, it's something we will address.

"I believe Steven will play beyond 2015. He is a player who has really shown his qualities this season.

"Come the summer, he will still only be 34. Looking towards the future, I still think he's going to be a key part of our squad.

"He has dropped into a new position and played it seamlessly. His intelligence in the game is second to none. He is improving all the time.

"It's one where he has been brilliant for me as a captain and as a player this season and I would like that to continue.

"Most clubs, especially bigger clubs, recognise now that once a player gets over a certain age you have to look at a contract's duration.

"But for me Steven still has so much to offer and I really want him beside me here working on the field."

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