Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will play a key part in the club's future even long after his playing days have ended, according to director of football Damien Comolli.

The 31-year-old England international signed a new contract extension on Thursday which will almost certainly see him end his career at Anfield.

"There will be more highs and lows, there's no doubt about it, as that's part and parcel of being a football player at a top club," Gerrard said. "I'm confident moving forward that the club is going in the right direction. We've got a fantastic team, we've got the right owners in place and the right team behind our team, so I'm really confident we'll have more good experiences in the future."

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