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Reds secure Gerrard and Kuyt deals

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Liverpool have tied up new contracts for captain Steven Gerrard and Holland international Dirk Kuyt, with star striker Fernando Torres also thought to be close to agreeing an extension.

Reds boss Rafael Benitez ensured the current feelgood atmosphere would continue at Anfield ahead of the crucial Premier League visit to Fulham by confirming the pair's new deals.

Benitez described Gerrard's new four-year deal - he has agreed a two-year extension to a current contract that had two years still to run - as "the easiest deal I have ever been involved in."

Then, just hours later, Dutch forward Kuyt also committed his future to the Merseysiders by accepting a new two-year extension to his own contract, keeping him at the club until 2012.

But the next jewel to be secured in Benitez's eyes could well be Torres. The Spanish striker is among a clutch of players discussing new terms, with Jamie Carragher, Alvaro Arbeloa and Jose Reina also thought to be in negotiations.

Benitez refused to dismiss suggestions that Torres was considering new terms, only saying: "We are very close to sealing deals with other players, several. There will be more very soon."

On Gerrard's deal, one that takes him to 2013 and beyond his 32nd birthday, Benitez said: "He wanted to stay for all his life, that was the key.

"If the captain decides to stay for four more years, maybe until the end of his career, it shows great commitment to the club that everyone can see.

"It is a very good message for the rest of the players. We have been talking with a lot of them about new contracts so it is the right image to give them.

"It has followed me signing my contract, which was a good thing because it shows to players who will be in charge, who will be the manager in the future, we are going forward in the right direction."

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Fulham
Football
Jose Reina
Premier League
Fernando Torres
Dirk Kuyt
Steven Gerrard
Jamie Carragher
Alvaro Arbeloa
Liverpool

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