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 By Mike Whalley

Steven Gerrard to get new contract

Brendan Rodgers says that a new contract for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is simply a formality that will be addressed this summer.

The 34-year-old has 11 months to run on his current deal, but Reds manager Rodgers insists that an extension will be offered.

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Gerrard captained England as well as his club until announcing his retirement from international football on Monday. The midfielder, who won 114 caps for his country, said that he had made the decision partly with the aim of prolonging his Liverpool career.

Doubts can grow about a player's long-term future at a club when they enter the final year of a contract, but Rodgers says there is no cause for concern in Gerrard's case.

Initially pushed forward as the box-to-box role withered, Steven Gerrard reinvented himself as a deep-lying playmaker.
Steven Gerrard is in line for a new contract, with Brendan Rodgers saying 'I'm sure it is something that will happen at some point.'

The manager told the Liverpool Echo: "I am very happy that Steven is now going to commit to Liverpool and I am sure that [his contract] is something that we will look at.

"He is in real good condition and I'm sure it is something that will happen at some point.

"Listen, for his own mind, I'm sure he will want it sorted out, absolutely. You never want to leave players with not too long to go on their contract.

"A lot has gone on at the club over the course of the summer. It is something I am sure will get sorted.

"I know that Steven can continue to play on beyond this season. I have always said that.

"Now he doesn't have international football, he will have that freshness. I think it is something that will be looked at by the club."

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