Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that captain fantastic Steven Gerrard has got a "few more years" left at the top level, insisting that he will make the most of a "world-class" star for as long as he can keep delivering the goods.
Gerrard has thrived in a deeper midfield role for Liverpool this season, dictating play from a withdrawn central position while still staying a consistent feature on the scoresheet with 11 Premier League goals this season.
The 33-year-old's current Liverpool contract expires next summer, but Rodgers has given another indication that he could stay at Anfield beyond that deal thanks to the fantastic relationship the manager has built with his skipper since arriving on Merseyside.
A large share of Rodgers' pre-match press conference for Sunday's clash with Tottenham Hotspur was taken up by Gerrard closing on Kenny Dalglish's mark of 172 goals for the club.
Rodgers took the chance to lavish praise on the England international, telling The Mirror: "I think people wondered about his position, would it affect him moving back to that controlling position? "It's incredible really.
"He's a player who I think because of his intelligence and ability that if you gave him enough time he could play in any position on the field.
"For most of his career, he has played as an attacking player and he has been one of the world-class players.
"So to get to those numbers and equal someone of Kenny's quality and status just shows you the true quality the guy has.
"He's got a few more years yet to score more goals."
Against all the odds Gerrard has a strong chance to finally end his wait for Premier League glory with Liverpool this season, with the Reds just a point behind league leaders Chelsea with seven games left for both sides.
Manchester City will have something to say about any notion of a two-horse race for the title, but Liverpool are close to assured of a Champions League spot heading towards the close of the campaign.
Extra games next season means Gerrard can be managed to stay crucial for Rodgers on multiple fronts moving forward, but talks over a new contract can wait until next season.