Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
The 34-year-old celebrated the 16 year anniversary of his Reds debut at the weekend by being dropped to the bench by Rodgers, sparking speculation that there had been a fall out between them and his Liverpool days were numbered.
But Gerrard moved quickly to rubbished such rumours via social media, and Rodgers today admitted Gerrard has been offered the chance to stay and deserves the ‘respect and time’ to make a decision.
He said: “The latest is we have spoken to Steven and his representative and he has been offered a contract here. At this moment that is where it is at.
“For everything he has done here over 16 years he deserves the respect and time to consider that. It’s a big move in his life in terms of determining where his next contract will be. It certainly won’t be about money. I have spoken to him enough times and at length, so he deserves the opportunity to think about that.
“He is the best player I have worked in with the Premier League and I hope that continues, but i will give him as long as it takes.”
And Rodgers also denied reports of a rift between himself and Gerrard and explained why he decided to drop his captain for the 1-0 home win over Stoke City on Saturday.
“I saw some things written that were unfortunate in terms of a rift. That is disappointing. There is only honesty and respect between us,” he admitted.
“One hundred per cent there is no problem and Steven made that point on social media. We have huge respect for each other.
“Every players wants to play every game but his focus has always been on the team. It is about managing the period of his life he is in. It reaches every player. It is not an issue or a problem.”