Brendan Rodgers is set to offer Steven Gerrard an extended contract at Liverpool according to the Mirror. The Anfield skipper has one year left on his current deal but Rodgers believes he is fit enough to play into his late thirties like Man Utd star Ryan Giggs.
Gerrard will turn 33 in May but Rodgers believes he is still fit enough to remain a key player for Liverpool: “I’ve never thought about replacing him because he’s got many years left,”
“You look back at Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister and guys like that. These players slept and rested in the afternoons, they ate the right things and kept their body weight the same.
“Steven is one of them. He’s a remarkable professional.”
Bring back Alonso
Rodgers also plans to bring back Gerrard’s former Anfield midfield partner Xabi Alonso in the summer. It is thought in Spain that this will be Alonso’s last season at Real Madrid so the player will already be considering his next move. A return to Liverpool may appeal to him.
The World Cup winner enjoyed great success at Anfield under Rafa Benitez. It was Alonso who scored the equalising goal in the final of the 2005 Champions League final before Liverpool went on to win on penalties. He also scored two spectacular goals from inside his own half whilst playing for the Merseysiders.
Alonso is considered as one of the best passers in the game and would fit perfectly into Rodgers’ possession based style of play. It would also ease the burden of creating from midfield on Steven Gerrard, allowing him to get further forward and cause problems for the opposition with his long range shots.