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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes that the club will reward captain Steven Gerrard with a new contract at the end of the current campaign.
The Reds’ stalwart will see his current deal with the Merseyside outfit run out at the end of next season but he is set to be rewarded with a 12-month extension.
Gerrard has been deployed in a new role by the Northern Irishman this season, flourishing as a deeper-lying midfielder and playing an influential role in the club’s title challenge.
Rodgers has talked up the importance of Gerrard throughout the campaign and he believes that if the squad is to continue developing then he will need to remain at the heart of things.
Rodgers said: “Steven will be one we look to get a contract to in the summer.
“With a year to go, it’s something we will address.
“I believe Steven will play beyond 2015. He is a player who has really shown his qualities this season.
“Come the summer, he will still only be 34. Looking towards the future, I still think he’s going to be a key part of our squad.”
Liverpool are priced at 2.20 to win the title and sit top of the Premier League but it is third-placed Manchester City who have emerged as the 1.70 favourites to claim the silverware, lying three points adrift but with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.
Rodgers’ men could find themselves in third by the time they take to the field again on Monday evening, with City travelling to Everton on Saturday night before second-placed Chelsea host Norwich on Sunday.