Deal me in
for life, says Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wants to sign a new
contract when his current deal ends and plans stay at Anfield for the
rest of his career.
Gerrard made the announcement as he approaches the 10-year anniversary
of his Liverpool debut next week.
He is currently injured with a groin muscle tear and out of Saturday's
home league match with Fulham.
Gerrard is back in light training and battling to be fit for Wednesday's
Champions League home clash with Marseille but his clear indication he
never wants to leave Anfield will delight the club's fans.
"I do not know what is going to happen over the next 10 years but
certainly for the next five or six I hope I am playing in Liverpool's
first team," he said.
"I have two and a half years left on my contract and hopefully I will
sign another one and stay for the remainder of my career.
"We will have to wait and see about management but I certainly want to
get my qualifications to enable me to coach and manage. Then I will have
to decide what I want to do."
He added: "Whether I will be interested in the Gary Ablett (reserve
coach) type role, the Sammy Lee (assistant manager) role or the Rafa
Benitez role, I do not know.
"I just want to get all my badges and then we will see. But I have a lot
more football to play before we get to that stage and that is what I
want to focus on at the moment.
"All I can say at this stage is the last 10 years have been the best of
my life. I have lived the dream doing something I have always wanted to
do and if my working life carries on being with Liverpool then I will be
On his 10 years in the first team, Gerrard, speaking in a liverpoolfc.tv
interview, said: "It is hard to believe I have been in the first team
for so long because the time has just flown by.
"I am very proud to be able to say I have played for the first team for
10 years. If someone had said all those years ago that I would go on to
be captain and lift the European Cup, then I wouldn't have believed
"But I have had to work very hard to get to where I am and to win
trophies both on a personal level and as part of the team.
"Looking back, I have had some unbelievable highs playing for this team
but I have had some lows as well. It is the lows that have helped drive
"It is disappointing to lose games or to be sent off, but those
experiences have helped me achieve the highs."
Gerrard awarded freedom of the Borough
By Steve Hunter - LFC Official Website
Steven Gerrard was awarded the Freedom of the Borough
of Knowsley at a prestigious council ceremony on Monday night.
It is only the fourth time Knowsley has bestowed this honour in its
history and is the first time in 20 years. It is also a fitting time for
Gerrard who celebrates 10 years as a Liverpool player this month.
The Reds captain was guided into the ceremony at the Huyton Suite by a
guard of honour, made up of local school children and welcomed by a
fanfare of trumpeters.
The Huyton born star was joined by 120 guests and before the ceremony
they were entertained by some of the borough's best young talent
including performances from the Knowsley Singers and Street Feet dance
A proud Gerrard said: "This is a special honour for me and even more so
as it is awarded so rarely, so I'd like to thank Knowsley Council.
"I'm very proud of the area that I grew up in and proud of the community
I came from. These are the family and friends who have been with me
since I dreamt as a boy of being a professional footballer."
Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Ron Round, who presented Gerrard
with the award said: "The Freedom of the Borough is a special honour
and, in Knowsley's case, a rare one which we only award for truly
exceptional individuals. We are delighted to have bestowed this award on
"He is an excellent ambassador for Knowsley and a great role model. His
story is one of talent, commitment and passion which has seen him grow
into a world-class player. It sends out a message to young people
everywhere that with hard work and persistance, they too can realise
"Steven is one of the greatest individual stories to come out of
Knowsley in recent years. He is truly proud of his early years in the
borough and is the first to acknowledge the influence of his roots."
Gerrard: "I could
never leave Anfield"
By Tony Barrett - Liverpool Echo
To mark his fifth anniversary as Liverpool skipper,
Steven Gerrard has given his personal account of what it takes to wear
the armband in the recently released "Captain's Book”. Here, in an
exclusive extract from the book, Gerrard tells of the moment he offered
to give up the captain's role he cherishes and how he could never quit
After winning the European Cup in Istanbul in May 2005, Steven Gerrard
ended up spending most of the summer agonising over his future.
Chelsea had come calling for the second time in little more than a year
and the Huyton-born midfielder came perilously close to joining Jose
But having pulled back from the brink because, when it came down to it,
he simply could not bear to leave the club he had supported all his
life, Gerrard thought it only right that he should offer to give up the
“In my heart, this is my club and I want to bring success here for the
supporters,” he writes.
“For their sake as well as my own, I never want to go through the events
of July 2005 ever again.
“That was when I told Liverpool I wanted to leave (to go to Chelsea).
But I just didn’t want to let go of what I’ve worked so hard for and as
everyone knows by now, I could never leave this club.
“I’ve been here since I was eight years of age. I’d worked so hard to
become captain and had so many great times and have got great
relationships with people here.
“I knew the club deserved the next five to ten years of my career and I
didn’t – and don’t – want to give those years to any other club. I want
to give them to Liverpool.
“Winning the league is what I want more than anything and Liverpool is
the only place I ever wanted to win it.
“I think that those few days in early July, 2005 where the most
difficult days of my life.
“I’m not proud of them. I wanted it all to blow over and for it all to
be forgotten about. I just wanted to get on with my football.
“At times, I thought I’d played my last game. I did a lot of thinking
and I became really confused.
“It was difficult and I wouldn’t wish what I went through on any other
player or any other person.
“I know I hurt the fans at the time and they were entitled to their
“I had to explain why I was turning Chelsea down at a press conference
in June 2004 and I had to put them through it all again a year or so
“After it all happened, I said to the manager I would like to speak to
the players on my own because I knew some of them had been frustrated
with what had gone on, just like the fans.
“I offered to give up the armband which would have broken my heart but
it was right to make the offer.”
Fortunately for Liverpool, the offer was turned down and Gerrard remains
Reds skipper to this day.
Magic moments in a century
of striking success for Liverpool
Comment by Ian Doyle - Liverpool Daily Post
Steven Gerrard has completed a century of goals in a
Liverpool shirt – but which ones stand out from the rest?
Liverpool v West Ham United, FA Cup Final, May 2006: There aren’t many
players that have had an FA Cup final named after them, yet Gerrard was
wholly deserving of the accolade for his efforts in Cardiff.
Hardly surprising, given the manner in which he’d followed a first
equaliser with an injury-time second courtesy of a 30-yard screamer
having seconds earlier been struggling to even find the energy to walk.
Best FA Cup final goal ever? Only Ricky Villa runs it close. Best
Gerrard goal ever? Without doubt.
AC Milan v Liverpool, Champions League Final, May 2005: By no means the
most technically accomplished of his century, but easily the most
Gerrard doesn’t score many headers, but when he leapt to meet John Arne
Riise’s left-wing cross, stretching every sinew in his neck to gain the
necessary power to beat Milan keeper Dida, it gave Liverpool belief at
3-1 that maybe, just maybe, the European Cup wasn’t out of reach just
Liverpool v Olympiakos, Champions League group game, December 2004: Many
Evertonians have never forgiven Andy Gray for his uncharacteristically
enthusiastic response to this strike. But who could blame him?
With Liverpool six minutes from dropping into the UEFA Cup, Gerrard’s
controlled thunderbolt provided the springboard for a fifth European Cup
triumph and Rafael Benitez’s fledgling Anfield tenure.
Liverpool v Southampton, Premier League, January 2001: Long-range
blockbusters have become Gerrard’s trademark, but this was one of the
very first and still one of the very best.
Gaining possession in midfield, he shifted the ball on to his right foot
before unleashing a swerving screamer that, for added effect, crashed
into the goal off the underside of the crossbar.
Marseille v Liverpool, Champions League group game, September 2008: You
know a goal is good when ex-professionals are left wondering just how it
was scored. An astonished Marseille coach Erik Gerets posed the question
after Gerrard swept home an equaliser from 25 yards without breaking
stride or indeed facing the net.
Opposing goalkeeper Steve Mandanda could only watch as the ball sailed
into the top corner.
My favourite Gerrard goal came against Manchester United in a 2-0 win in
I had to choose a goal from when I was involved with the team because
back then Stevie was still very young. But this goal proved what
potential he had and was an early glimpse of how great he would become –
it was an unbelievable and unstoppable strike.
The fact that it came against United showed he could do it in the big
games. You could say it was an early indication of all that’s great
about Steven Gerrard.
The way he has come on since those early days shows what a fantastic lad
he is, how mature and professional he has been throughout his career.
When he was very young you could see he had it all, but then you think
lots of youngsters have that.
But Stevie still has it all and that says everything about what a great
player he is.
I’ve always found it difficult to compare great goals. How do you judge
a 30-yard screamer against a 12-man move that slices a side open and
ends with a two-yard tap in?
Or a brave diving header against a spectacular overhead kick?
Not such a problem when you think of Stevie’s goals – about 95 out of
the 100 have been from thunderous strikes which left the keeper grasping
at air like Wile E. Coyote at a cliff face.
Curiously, of the other five one is a serious candidate for the best –
the very first as Gerrard weaved his way through the Sheffield Wednesday
defence in December 1999, dummying left and right before slamming it
past Kevin Pressman from close range.
Yet for me the mark of a truly great goal is the circumstances in which
it was scored, and putting Liverpool 3-1 up against a side that would
ultimately be relegated doesn’t quite cut the mustard in this respect.
So that really narrows it down to three: Milan in the 2005 Champions’
League Final; Olympiakos in the Champions’ League on the way to that
final; and the strike against West Ham in the FA Cup Final 2006.
It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of the first of those
three, triggering as it did one of the greatest nights in the club’s
But it was the first of the three, and therefore greeted with something
more like resigned stoicism than outright hysteria. Speaking of which
leads us to the other two.
Both were crucial strikes; both sped into the net with incredible
velocity from distance; and both sent me dancing deliriously in the
stands, hugging friends and strangers alike and feeling like my head was
going to burst.
Forced to choose between the two, I’ll go for the West Ham strike.
There’s something about the relief in a last-gasp equalising goal that
makes it transcend even winners; explain that if you can.
But this goal both equalised, and eventually won us, the game – I can’t
see how you can beat that.
Picking one favourite goal from Gerrard’s 100 is quite difficult. The
guy does not score tap-ins.
It seems most of his goals are spectacular and important, everyone
remembers the rocket he scored against Olympiakos to keep us in the
Champions League on the way to Istanbul.
Then, Istanbul itself, the header to get us back to 3-1 and suddenly
from being down and out there was hope again.
Recently there was the goal against Marseille. As soon as the ball left
his foot it was in. He knew exactly what he was doing and where the ball
was going, the keeper had no chance.
My favourite though is in the FA Cup Final in 2006. Cardiff. The West
Ham fans are singing their tunes of glory. We are 3-2 down and in the
90th minute. Gerrard has already made our first goal and then scored our
second. A goal that meant he had now scored in four major finals. The
Champions League, UEFA Cup, League Cup and now the FA Cup.
Still, we are losing with only seconds to go. We are finished. The
stadium announcer tells us there are four minutes of added time, then
the ball comes to Gerrard from a headed West Ham clearance and …. bang …
back of the net from 35 yards. 3-3. Extra time. The roar from our end is
massive; it’s a mix of relief, delight and victory. Whatever happened we
knew Gerrard could win a game on his own. That shot kept us in it.
Reina may have ultimately made great saves in the penalty shoot-out to
gain us the trophy but it was Gerrard that won that trophy. He above all
of the others would not be beaten. He even scored again in the shoot-out
itself. Here’s to the next hundred goals Steven! Keep making us dream.
unhappy at versatile tag
Liverpool and England star Steven Gerrard has hit out
after a career of being "shunted around" - and feels his game has
suffered as a result.
The 28-year-old midfielder favours a central position but has frequently
been used on the left and right with both club and country.
Gerrard told the Sunday Times: "I've paid the price for being able to do
a decent job in other positions.
"Other players don't get shunted around because they can't do it. I
can't go and play on the right or the left and become Kaka or Robinho, I
just go out there, give 100% and do a steady job.
"I'll work hard, do my bit defensively and help the team. That's why
managers do it to me, but it is affecting me.
"My game suffers when my position is changed. I'm a central midfielder
and in the big games I want to play in the middle and show that I'm one
of the very best in that position.
"I've played in my favourite position for England five times in 68
games. What can you do? I go into training with England and try to prove
myself every day.
"Every England manager I've worked under knows where I want to play, but
they pick the formations and I play where I'm told."
Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard says he had no choice but
to go under the knife to resolve his groin problem.
Gerrard underwent the groin operation earlier this week after the club
decided the time was right to get the injury cleared up.
The injury will sideline Gerrard for up to two weeks and it means he
will miss England's World Cup qualifiers with Andorra and Croatia next
Gerrard admits he has been struggling with the injury for some time and
he has revealed his frustration at missing the opening World Cup
"I've been struggling for a few weeks now. It's really frustrating for
me because I want to play in every game," Gerrard told the News of the
"It's a very tough time as a player when you're injured. I've got some
very big games coming up for club and country, so it's a massive
frustration for me.
"But the fact is I couldn't reach the level I need at the moment because
my groin was too sore.
"It was clear I needed to get the problem sorted.
"The doctor told me I needed to see a specialist. And he felt an
operation was needed."
Future's bright at Anfield
By Tom Adams - Setanta Sports
Steven Gerrard remains convinced he can win The
Premier League and fulfil his lofty ambitions at Liverpool, and has
addressed misleading interpretations of his rallying call before the
weekend’s win over Bolton.
The Reds captain did not hold back in a scathing assessment of a season
to date that has seen Rafa Benitez’s side fall dismally off the title
pace despite substantial investment in the playing squad in the summer.
What with the ongoing speculation off the pitch regarding a possible
takeover from DIC and the astonishing admission from Tom Hicks that he
sounded out Jurgen Klinsmann at the end of 2007, it has been a campaign
to forget for the men on Merseyside.
Despite the club’s struggles though, Gerrard is certain that under
Benitez, Liverpool have the capability to finish fourth this season and
then make a renewed assault for their first league title since 1990.
“I am hungry for trophies – even more than when I was younger,” said
Gerrard on the club’s official website.
“Maybe it's because I'm running out of time a bit! I'm 27 and want to
make the most of my career and be as successful as I can.
“I think I am at the right club to do that because we've got a good
squad and we are improving all the time. And we've got a good manager,
so I'm really confident I can lift many more trophies here – and not
just the Champions League.
“The future's bright. We've got a good, young squad, but there's also a
lot of experienced players like Carragher and Hyypia. The signings that
have been made are making an impact, so I've got confidence that we can
“The important thing short-term is to get in that fourth position, then
we can re-group in the summer and have another go at winning the league.
The players here know we've underachieved in the league this year. You
go back to before the Villa game and we believed we could still be in
the title race. That's disappointing but now we've got to finish as high
as possible this year and have another go next season.”
The Reds will take fourth spot on goal difference from rivals Everton if
they win their game in hand, and Gerrard is convinced that Liverpool can
hold off the challenge of a number of sides to finish in the
all-important final Champions League spot.
“It's going to be difficult because all the teams that are going for it
have strengthened and they've all got good squads,” Gerrard added. “They
are hitting the right form as well, but we're confident that if we play
to our capabilities between now and the end of the season we'll take
that fourth spot.
“The fight for Champions League places is hotting up, with the teams
around us hitting form: the likes of your Villas and, obviously,
Everton. It's important that we focus on what we're doing and try to
stay consistent until the end of the season.”
The fall-out from Gerrard’s strong criticism of Liverpool’s form this
season also had an undesired effect for the midfielder as he was faced
with headlines claiming he was unconcerned about Champions League glory.
The England star has sought to address this though, adding: “As captain
of the club it's very easy for your words to be twisted into something
that doesn't really reflect the interview.
“The message I was trying to get across was that we are disappointed
with where we are in the league, but that we're going to try to get into
the top four and improve our league situation next season.
“Hopefully while we're going along we can get to another Champions
League final. That would be a really good season. But the headlines got
twisted into 'If we win the Champions League it won't be important' –
which is nonsense. That is not what I meant at all.
“The message I was trying to get across was that, even if we do win the
Champions League and finish fourth, we'll still look to improve in the
ready to rumble
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists that Rafael
Benitez's troops are now equipped to challenge for the Premier League
Ryan Babel, Fernando Torres, Andrei Voronin and Yossi Benayoun have all
arrived at Anfield this summer and the England star is convinced that
the Reds are now ready to match Manchester United and Chelsea.
"I've watched what the other teams are doing in the market and they're
all strengthening, but all those teams will be looking at us and
thinking we are going to be all over them this season," Gerrard told the
"I'm not going to start making any unnecessary predictions about what's
going to happen this season and the last thing any of us need to do is
build hopes up too much.
"But without doubt, if we all perform to our level each week, we have
the players to push United and Chelsea all the way.
"We are looking in great shape, not only going into this season but for
the next few years.
"I thought going away for the summer that we were three or four players
away from where we need to be.
"Now I think we are in a great place to challenge United and Chelsea and
I hope if we get things right from the beginning we can beat them to the
big prizes this year.
"I've liked the way we've done business this summer. Previous years have
shown how important it is to sort everything early in the pre-season, as
it's not easy for players if they arrive just before the deadline.
"Hopefully with everyone having had the right amount of rest this summer
we'll be able to hit the ground running when the Premiership begins.
People say you can't win the league in August but I believe you can
certainly lose it in the first month.
"It's fine saying it's a nine-month season and there is plenty of time
to recover from a shaky start but it's hard playing catch-up week-in,
"The last thing you want to do is give teams like Manchester United and
Chelsea a head start, making things even more difficult for you than
they are already."
Gerrard feels he has benefited from a summer away from football this
"I missed a bit of the last pre-season because of the World Cup. I came
back and felt I needed more holiday," he said.
"I was mentally and physically drained at the start of the season but
this time I feel I've had a break and we will go into the season
brimming with confidence."
Gerrard: I’m ready to sign new deal
By Tony Barrett - icLiverpool
Steven Gerrard was today edging closer to agreeing a deal which will
tie his long term future to Liverpool as the Reds skipper admitted he
has “never been happier with his football”.
Talks have been ongoing between Gerrard’s representatives and club
officials for a number of weeks as Rafa Benitez looks to keep one of the
jewels in Liverpool’s crown at Anfield.
And with a second Champions League final in just three years on the
horizon, Gerrard appears ready to commit himself to a lengthy new deal.
He confirmed: “I’m in talks to extend my contract at Liverpool and I’ve
never been happier with my football.
“I’d love nothing better than to get this contract sorted and signed.”
Benitez is equally keen to keep all his leading stars at the club and
contract talks are also under way with Jamie Carragher, Xabi Alonso,
Pepe Reina and Steve Finnan.
Gerrard is delighted that the club has started talks with himself and
his team-mates and now he is looking forward to seeing their futures
He said: “We need to keep all of our big players here so it’s very
important we get the contracts sorted out so they can be here for a long
The captain will be particularly keen to ensure there will be no repeat
of the aftermath of the 2005 Champions League final when talks were
allowed to break down, pushing him towards the Anfield exit door before
being pulled back from the brink with a last minute change of heart over
a proposed move to Chelsea.
In the meantime, Gerrard is concentrating on being in the best possible
shape to take on AC Milan in the Champions League final and he believes
Benitez’s keen eye for detail will give them the best possible chance of
winning the trophy for a sixth time.
He said: “Rafa’s CV speaks for itself and I don’t have to tell you how
good he is. There’s no getting away from it, he’s one of the best
managers out there. We’re just lucky and grateful that he’s here and
that he's our manager.
“We’re aware of Milan’s strengths and weaknesses and we’ll watch a lot
of tapes before the game to make sure our preparations are spot on.
“We’ll go there and try to be really strong defensively like we have
been in Europe.
“They’ve got top players but then so have we so there’s every chance we
can go there and win.
“Obviously I’m really looking forward to it and I’m confident we can
bring the Cup back home.
“They’re a fantastic team and we know it’s going to be really difficult
so we need to be right at the top of our game.
“I’m sure they want to make amends because Istanbul hurt them. They have
a chance for revenge but me and the boys are going to be ready for
Reds' hero gets his
hero Steven Gerrard was today made an MBE.
The Liverpool FC captain and England midfielder Gerrard was accompanied
to Buckingham Palace by fiancee Alex Curran, who was conservatively
dressed in a dark blue suit with frilled collar, for his investiture by
Steven Gerrard, accompanied by fiancee Alex Curran,
gets his MBE from The Queen today. (Photo: AP)
Many football watchers have expressed surprise it has taken so long for
Gerrard to receive an honour.
The 26-year-old’s crowning glory was the day he led his team back from
the dead in Istanbul in 2005.
The Reds were 3-0 behind AC Milan in the final when Liverpool’s ‘Captain
Fantastic’ drove home the first Liverpool goal and lifted what appeared
to be a beaten side to an amazing victory.
He made his debut with Liverpool in November 1998 as a substitute
against Blackburn and scored his first goal for the club in a 4-1
victory over Sheffield Wednesday in December 1999.
The born and bred Scouser was made captain in 2003 and stuck with
Liverpool despite speculation he would join Chelsea.
He has two young daughters, Lilly-Ella and Lexie, with his partner Alex