Rodgers: Gerrard is my top signing this summer

Gerrard In these days when it seems as though players do not care about the club they play for preferring to make it all about themselves.

It is nice to know that this can never be said of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who grew up to play for the team he supported as a young boy.

In fact it seems inconceivable that Gerrard will ever leave Liverpool and could very well end up managing the club or certainly being an ambassador.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thinks so highly of the boy from Bootle that he is saying that for Gerrard to sign a new contract is his signing of the summer.

The Liverpool captain put pen to paper last week singing a new contract that will keep him on Merseyside till after his 36th birthday.

The Reds are playing a testimonial for their most loyal player on Saturday against Olympiakos that will mark Gerrard’s 15th year as a Liverpool player with all proceeds from the game being given to the midfielder’s charitable foundation.

His influence here is still at such a high level – the role he’s provided for me is so important,” Rodgers said. “I told the club in the summer that our biggest signing could be Steven Gerrard, because of the influence he has on everyone. It’s about his hunger to learn and the leadership that offers.

It’s vital to have a good lieutenant and him and [Jamie Carragher] were certainly that for me last year – and he has picked up the baton again.

Rodgers then went on to say that the 33-year-old still has a lot left to give to the club, especially when it comes to the younger players.

. “I don’t see anyone like him, he’s absolutely phenomenal and still someone who is very, very important,I just see the quality in his game. He is still, for me, the best passer of a ball in the Premier League.

 You see some of them he hits from all over the field and it’s incredible, how he strikes it. Nobody can do it like him.

He’s 33 now, but I feel he could go on for a few years, he could adapt his role where he can become the playmaker. His role will be to make the team tick, get them playing. And for me there is no better player in the Premier League to do that.

Reports in the newspapers this morning are that the Liverpool captain has had a word with unsettled striker Luis Suarez urging him not to go to Arsenal but to wait until a top Spanish side wants him.

“If he was to go abroad to a Madrid or Barcelona I would totally understand it. He’s a South American. He’s good enough to play in either of those teams.

“From a family point of view, it’s where they all want to be. Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, some of the top players I’ve played with – their dream was to play for Real or Barcelona.

“If I was him I would wait for one of those two clubs because I think he’s good enough to play for them.”

As for Gerrard he has been playing for his dream team all his life, and knows the Reds would have a better chance of Champions League football were Suarez to stay at Anfield.



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