Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a new two-year extension to his current contract.

The new deal for the 33-year-old now sees his stay at Anfield increased to 2016 and past his 35th birthday. 

The news will bring delight to Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans as Gerrard's contract was due to end next year, but the England captain had no hesitations signing on the dotted line.

"I think everyone knows what it means to me", Gerrard said. "I've been here that long and so to extend, it's a big day for me and I'm really happy for myself and my family. It's great news.

"It lets me know that the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here. I'm glad it's all done and it's happened at the right time before the season, so I can focus on playing as well as I can."

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre expressed his happiness on the news by saying: "It's fantastic for everyone - the club, Steven and the fans.

"He is, and always has been, such a big part of Liverpool Football Club. Particularly in this day and age, it's rather unique to find a local player who has given his whole career to his club."

Since breaking into the first team against Blackburn Rovers in 1998, he has contributed to the success that he has had at the club, where his honours include; the Champions League in 2005, UEFA Cup in 2001, two League Cups, two FA Cups and two Community Shields.

In over 14 years at Anfield, the midfielder has made 630 appearances for the Reds, scoring 159 goals.

Gerrard was on the verge of joining then Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer of 2005 after requesting a transfer. He then had a change of heart and decided to sign a new contract with his beloved Liverpool.

The Whiston-born man made his England debut against Ukraine in 2000 and has since then gone on to make 102 appearances for the Three Lions, scoring 19 goals, including one in the famous 5-1 victory over Germany in 2001.


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