Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told the club he wants to sign a new contract when his current deal ends and intends stay at the club for the rest of his career.
Gerrard made the announcement as he approaches the 10-year anniversary of his Liverpool debut next week.
"I have two and a half years left on my contract and hopefully I will sign another one and stay for the remainder of my career," he said on Friday.
"I do not know what is going to happen over the next 10 years but certainly for the next five or six I hope I am playing in Liverpool's first team."
Gerrard's comments come on the same day as manager Rafael Benitez tipped the 28 year-old as the man who could one day replace him as manager.
Gerrard is back in light training and battling to be fit for Wednesday's Champions League home clash with Marseille but his clear indication he never wants to leave Anfield will delight the club's fans.
He added: "We will have to wait and see about management but I certainly want to get my qualifications to enable me to coach and manage. Then I will have to decide what I want to do."
"Whether I will be interested in the Gary Ablett (reserve coach) type role, the Sammy Lee (assistant manager) role or the Rafa Benitez role, I do not know.
"I just want to get all my badges and then we will see. But I have a lot more football to play before we get to that stage and that is what I want to focus on at the moment.
"All I can say at this stage is the last 10 years have been the best of my life. I have lived the dream doing something I have always wanted to do and if my working life carries on being with Liverpool then I will be very happy."
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