New Gerrard deal the most important of Reds' summer – Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that extending Steven Gerrard's contract could be his most significant deal of the summer.
Rodgers was determined to prolong his captain's career at Anfield and the deal has ensured he will now stay until at least 2015.
"I've talked throughout pre-season about wanting to bring other players into the group, but this was one of – if not the – most important signings for us," Rodgers said.
"He's an icon here for players and supporters. His contribution is very much valued by myself and the staff. I think he's still got a good few years left yet. His level of performance last year was outstanding.
"He's been a great support for me coming into such a club, (he's) a brilliant captain, he's got great values and the leadership he provides is second to none."
Gerrard hopes the latest period of rebuilding will be successful.
"It (the deal) lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and wants me here," Gerrard said. "There was a year left on my contract. I'm glad it's all done so I can just focus on playing as well as I can for the next two years.
"People talk about my loyalty to the club because I've been here all the way through, but the club have been loyal to me all the way throughout my career and always rewarded me at the right times with deals.
"I'm really excited at the moment. I've got a lot of confidence and belief in my team-mates and in the coaches. That's the reason why I feel as if we can move forward together and get success back soon."
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is determined to re-establish himself. "No one's mentioned anything like (going out on loan) to me," he said, "so I'm just looking forward to going away with the first team on pre-season and trying to reclaim a place." (© Daily Telegraph, London)