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Liverpool supporters criticised the club for allowing Steven Gerrard to reach the point where he started to question whether he had a future at Anfield. Photo: Susana Vera / PA

Liverpool supporters criticised the club for allowing Steven Gerrard to reach the point where he started to question whether he had a future at Anfield. Photo: Susana Vera / PA

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Liverpool supporters criticised the club for allowing Steven Gerrard to reach the point where he started to question whether he had a future at Anfield. Photo: Susana Vera / PA

Steven Gerrard will disappoint his many suitors and commit his immediate future to Liverpool, with the club offering their captain a 12-month contract extension and an option to renew for a further year.

The 34-year-old admitted last week that he could leave his boyhood club when his deal expires in the summer, prompting speculation that he could join a rival club next season or exercise the right to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club as early as January.

Gerrard said then: "I can only worry about this season because I'm only contracted until May. As it stands, I'm here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won't be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.

"We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision. If they don't come then I will see what's out there."

Liverpool moved swiftly to reassure Gerrard they wanted him to stay as supporters criticised the club for allowin­g their talismanic captain to reach the point where he started to question whether he had a future at the club beyond the end of the current campaign.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said yesterday: "I explained to Steven's representative that I want him to be part of what we're doing here. He's been a brilliant captain for me. I want to keep him here.

"I relayed that informatio­n to the owners. I'm sure they'll go away with that and, with Steven's representatives, hopefully organise a deal. He's a unique player and a unique person."

Gerrard retired from ­international football in the summer after earning 114 caps for England and while there was talk he could eventually look to move into management, the main motivation was to extend his domestic playing career.

Gerrard joined the Liverpool academy at the age of nine and has made more than 770 first-team appearances for the club.

On Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States, he suggested he could finish his career away from Anfield. (© Independent News Service)

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