Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has committed his future to the club he holds so close to his heart, by signing a two-year contract extension. 

The legend has been in talks with the club all summer and has finally put pen-to-paper. 

His new contract will last until 2015 and his new terms are supposedly similar to that of his previous £140,000-a-week deal.

After signing his contract with managing director Ian Ayre in attendance, Gerrard said: "I think everyone knows what it means to me.

"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 for my family. It's great news.

"It lets me know 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."

Gerrard has spent his entire career at Anfield, and this contract extension will extend his ongoing love affair with Liverpool. 

He started as a youngster in 1998 and will continue until 2015, when his contract will be reviewed.

Ayre added: "We've said what we'll do in two years' time is review it again and see how happy Steven is. 

"We seem to always be happy with him, so hopefully we'll just continue in that vein.

"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.

"We are pleased today to add an extension to his existing agreement and that keeps him here until the end of his career."

Gerrard missed three matches at the end of last season in order to undergo shoulder treatment. 

The club captain did not feature in Saturday's 4-0 win against Preston, but will travel to the Far East for their pre-season tour and will be fit for his testimonial on August 3.


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