Rush praises Gerrard's loyalty

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush has praised Steven Gerrard's loyalty after the midfielder expressed his desire to stay at Anfield for the rest of his career.

Gerrard, 28, has two years left on his contract, worth about £110,000 a week, and has revealed he would welcome the chance to sign a four-year extension.

Rush, Liverpool's all-time leading goalscorer with 346 goals in 660 appearances, told PA Sport: "It's great for Liverpool and the supporters. Stevie is a fantastic player and the fact he wants to commit to the club is great news."

He added: "He's loyal and loyalty doesn't seem to be in the game that much these days. He and Jamie Carragher are both loyal to Liverpool and it's nice to see that. The supporters appreciate that as well.

"I'm not surprised because it's a good time for Liverpool. If Gerrard commits long term it will give even more of a buzz to the place."

Gerrard, who scored six goals in the Reds' last three games before joining up with the England squad for next week's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, insists he has "never been happier" at the club.

His rich vein of form could not be better timed as the season reaches its peak, with Liverpool embroiled in a title race with Manchester United for the Barclays Premier League and facing a Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea.

"I'm really happy at the club at the moment," he said. "I've got two years left on my contract. If there was a chance to extend that, I'm sure I'd do it.

"I've never been happier than I am at the moment throughout my career because I'm playing in a top team, I'm playing with world-class players and I believe the manager that, going forward, we can be successful.

"There's a good feeling around the place at the moment. My relationship with Rafa (Benitez) has got stronger as time's gone by."

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