Former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia has revealed his delight at seeing Steven Gerrard extend his stay at Anfield by signing a new contract.

Gerrard succeeded Hyypia as Reds skipper in October 2003 and has established himself as arguably the finest player in the club's history.

The 31-year-old's importance to the Liverpool cause has been highlighted even further since his return from injury, and the club were quick to recognise this with a new deal.

Gerrard will now finish his career at Anfield - as well as serving as a club ambassador after retirement - and Hyypia knows the midfielder has made the right choice.

"Stevie was out at the start of the season but he's back now," the giant Finn told the official Liverpool website.

"He's so important to this team and I was delighted to see him sign his new contract.

"It's great news for the club."

Hyypia has also been impressed by the progress Liverpool have shown under Kenny Dalglish, and believes the future looks bright for the Reds.

"It's been good at Liverpool since Kenny came back," he added.

"I've seen a few of the games, they have had too many draws at home, but it is a work in progress. Kenny has signed a lot of British players, which is not a bad thing."

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