Jordan Henderson believes that it’s vital Liverpool tie Steven Gerrard down to a new contract, with their captain’s deal due to expire at the end of the season.
The lifelong Reds midfielder’s future has been the subject of major doubt over the course of the past few weeks, with negotiations to prolong his stay at Anfield having stalled.
Gerrard, now 34, is thought to be reluctant to take a hit on his £140,000-per-week wages, while the club’s owners – Fenway Sports Group – believe that a reduction of around 50% is fair given that he is now at the end of his career.
The Kop skipper has already indicated that he’s not ready to call time on his career just yet, which has prompted talk of a free transfer, with the Manchester City and American side New York Cosmos having been the sides most strongly linked with moves.
And Henderson, who is vice-captain at Liverpool, feels it’s imperative that Liverpool keep hold of Gerrard:
“He’s a massive player for us and a great leader,” he is quoted by Sky Sports. “We need to keep him for as long as we can. I hope he stays for many years to come.
“I thought Steven was outstanding for us. It was a real captain’s performance from him. He worked so hard for the team and he got his rewards with his goal.”
It’s understood that Gerrard is considering a two-year contract offer from Liverpool, which includes the option to become a coach at the club.