Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing has been rewarded for his fine form in recent weeks by signing a new three-year deal at the club.
The Anfield youngster has made thirteen starts in the Reds first team this season, and helped fill the void left by crocked captain Steven Gerrard who is out injured with a hamstring injury.
Interim manager Kenny Dalglish has turned to Liverpool's youngsters after an apparent injury crisis on Merseyside, with Spearing the main beneficiary after forming an impressive partnership in the middle of the Reds' midfield with Lucas Leiva.
Due to enter the final year of his existing contract, former FA Youth Cup winning captain Spearing has followed fellow academy graduate Martin Kelly in pledging his long-term future to the Anfield club.
"He has worked hard and has done very well," said Director of Football Damien Comolli.
"He won his place in the team on merit and has showed in the last games that he can raise his game to what we need.
"His commitment and aggression on the pitch is fantastic and since he has been playing I think he has added some passing quality which we didn't see before."
Having spent big in the recent January window, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are preparing to delve into the transfer market once again in a bid to strengthen the Reds' playing squad.
But at the same time, they have placed an emphasis on youth development, with 'King' Kenny playing a pivotal role in helping blood many of Liverpool's up-and-coming stars.
"We think he will be part of the future of the club, which is why we rewarded him with a new contract."