LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of his excitement for the future after signing a contract extension with the club.
The 33-year-old midfielder, who has spent his entire career with the Reds, put pen-to-paper yesterday on what is understood to be a two-year deal.
Gerrard said: “I’ve a lot of confidence and belief in my team-mates and in the coaches. That’s the reason I feel as if we can move forward together and get success back soon. Every fan out there and the players are no different – we want to see a few more faces to strengthen the team and squad even more.
“It is an exciting time when you get a couple of new faces in to freshen the squad up.
“You’re at the beginning of the season and it’s a fresh start, there are trophies to be won and things to achieve. I’m really excited at the moment.”
In manager Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge last term, Liverpool finished seventh in the Barclays Premier League and so far this summer they have signed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, defender Kolo Toure and forwards Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.
Asked about his relationship with Rodgers, Gerrard – also the England skipper – said: “I think it’s perfect. I’ve a lot of respect for Brendan as a coach, but also as a guy.
“I’ve loved every minute of working with him and I hope he is here for certainly the next couple of years. I want to work with him more.
“The relationship is growing, and I feel as if he is the man to take this club forward.”
Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and has racked up 630 appearances. He has scored 159 goals, as well as winning the 2005 Champions League, the 2001 Uefa Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups.
He is very much aware of the bond between himself and the Anfield fans. Asked what he hoped the news of his extension would mean to Liverpool supporters, he said: “I hope they’re really happy.
“The relationship is mutual – the respect they have for me, and they know how much I love them, so it’s a two-way thing.”