Steven Gerrard penalty vs FulhamWhile Steven Gerrard’s game continues to evolve, Liverpool wants him to stay put.

On Friday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that club intends to offer Gerrard a new contract this summer.

“Steven will be one we look to get a contract to in the summer,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo, according to LiverpoolFC.com “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.”

Gerrard signed his current contract last July. Since then, Gerrard has since adopted a new role, led Liverpool to UEFA Champions League qualification and was voted onto the 2013-14 PFA Team of the Season.

Gerrard’s current contract expires after the 2014-15 season, but Rodgers wants the Liverpool captain to stay by his side beyond next summer.

“It’s one where he has been brilliant for me as a captain and as a player this season and I would like that to continue.

“Most clubs, especially bigger clubs, recognize now that once a player gets over a certain age you have to look at a contract’s duration.

“But for me Steven still has so much to offer and I really want him beside me here working on the field.”

Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and has played his entire career for the club. A new contract would increase the likelihood that Gerrard retires as a Liverpool player.

That’s the way it should be.

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