Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard puts European chase ahead of new contract

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that the club's bid for European football is more important than sorting his future out.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to start talks with the England international about a new contract with only 15 months left on his current deal, with Gerrard expected to finish the career with the club he has represented at all levels.

The midfielder is happy that there has been some indication of contract talks, but for the moment wants to concentrate on the job at hand with the Reds and their push to finish in a European spot.

Gerrard has stated that they need to put pressure on the teams above them to try and overtake them and qualify for Europe next season, with Liverpool in contention to claim a spot in the Europa League - a competition they were in earlier this campaign.

The England skipper has noted the importance of every match left for the Merseyside club and has described all their remaining games as cup finals, with an encounter with West Ham next on the agenda for Liverpool.

"For me, it (contract talks) is not a priority at the moment," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"The most important thing for me now is to move on to the West Ham game. I want to finish the season strong. I'm feeling good.

"Of course, I'm happy that the club are mentioning new contracts, but it's not important at the moment.

"What we need to do is put pressure on for that European place. A lot of the teams above us need to play each other.

"We're hoping there's a few slip ups above us and we can capitalise, but it's important that we take maximum points.

"Every game is a cup final now. That's what the manager said after the game. It's a little small short season left now if you like.

"We just need to play to our maximum every game because if we don't, like we didn't at Southampton we know we'll be punished. We need the level of performance at Villa to continue."

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