LIVERPOOL are due to begin formal contract talks with Steven Gerrardâ€™s representatives later this week as they seek to extend the captainâ€™s Anfield career.
The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January. There has been uncertainty over Gerrardâ€™s future at his boyhood club, with the former England captain revealing last month that Liverpool had not made an approach over a new deal and manager Brendan Rodgers, having said in the summer an extension was â€œa formalityâ€, later admitting the club would have to â€œsee how he feelsâ€.
Speaking after Liverpoolâ€™s recent defeat at Newcastle United, however, Rodgers revealed he had held talks with Gerrardâ€™s agent Struan Marshall about a new contract for the long-serving captain.
Rodgers said: â€œAs manager of this club you canâ€™t afford to be sentimental but, both on an off the field, as a leader and as a captain, I want to ensure that Steven is very much part of this second curve weâ€™re on in terms of group development.â€
That informal contact between Rodgers and Marshall will be followed by dialogue between Liverpool officials and Gerrardâ€™s agent in the coming days, with a one-year contract likely to be offered. – The Guardian