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By ESPN Staff
Aug 13, 2006

Liverpool want to keep Gerrard for life - Parry

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry says the club would like Steven Gerrard to stay at Anfield for life.

The England midfielder released emotional extracts from his autobiography in the News of the World on Sunday and insisted that he would like to manage the Reds after his career on the pitch comes to an end.

Gerrard's desire to move into a management is not something Parry expects to accommodate in the short-term, but the Liverpool chief made it clear how much they wanted England's new vice-captain to remain at Anfield for the rest of his playing days.

Parry said: 'It's not a decision we have to make today (managing). I think the fact the motivation and commitment is there is the main message.

'We've made the point that we would like Steven to be with us forever. He's been with us since he was the tender age of nine and we know that his love for the club is pretty deep.

'So the fact that he is saying he wants to be with us long term is the sort of news all of our supporters want to hear.'

Liverpool have already splashed out more than £12million on Craig Bellamy from Blackburn and Jermaine Pennant from Birmingham during the summer, and Parry did not rule out further moves into the transfer market before the window shuts at the end of the month.

Parry added: 'We are still looking and there might be a bit of business still to be done. We are delighted with the acquisitions we have made this time. They bring a new dimension.

'We have got tremendous pace and we are delighted that after a couple of years, we have at last got the player on the right flank that has been such a challenge for us. We are delighted to have got Jermaine Pennant in and are very excited and looking forward to the new season.

'It's impossible to say how many we can get in. We might need to get someone out and it depends on what is available. We are open minded at the moment,' he told BBC Radio 5 Live.