Brendan Rodgers expects Gerrard deal

Liverpool midfielder Steven GerrardLiverpool captain Steven Gerrard is close to agreeing terms on a new deal with his boyhood club, insists boss Brendan Rodgers.

The 32-year-old has been a loyal servant to the club he has supported all his life, making his senior debut for the Reds in November 1998.

The midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of next season and, although it is unlikely he would want to ply his trade somewhere else, the Northern Irish boss wants to get him tied down as soon as possible.

Gerrard has been impressive for the Merseyside club this term and a mainstay in the side – Sunday’s derby against Everton will be his 36th consecutive Premier League start this campaign, matching his previous best total between April 2006 and April 2007.

Rodgers said: “Stevie and I went out for something to eat a couple of weeks back and had a good chat about plans and whatnot.

“I have been ever so pleased with Stevie this year. He is England captain, 32 years of age, been an iconic figure at the club, struggled a wee bit with injury last year, but how he has been this year has been remarkable.

“For me as a manager, to have a captain like that has been brilliant.”

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