Gerrard commits future to Liverpool

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has intimated he intends to stay at the club after admitting he is impressed with manager Roy Hodgson’s plans and believes it “will be fantastic” to play alongside new signing and fellow England midfielder, Joe Cole.

Steven Gerrard

The England midfielder, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, welcomed the arrival of his international team-mate after the former Chelsea star agreed a four-year deal yesterday. And having kept silent on his thoughts on the appointment of Hodgson and his future because of his captaincy duties at the World Cup Gerrard has now spoken out.

“I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and having done so, I’m very impressed with his plans for the future,” said Gerrard.

New Real manager Jose Mourinho, who twice tried to sign Gerrard when he was manager at Chelsea, began the charm offensive early by making public his admiration for the 30-year-old. The player admitted the intense speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge four years ago had affected his performances at the World Cup in Germany and he was not prepared to battle similar issues in South Africa.   “I made it clear that I simply needed to concentrate on the World Cup and then have a decent holiday with my family,” Gerrard told. “I’ve only returned to training today at Melwood with some of the other World Cup players, but I can’t wait for the new season to start.”

Roy Hodgson also today praised Steven Gerrard’s commitment to Liverpool Football Club and admitted that he can’t wait to start working with the Reds skipper. “It’s a great piece of news,” Hodgson told LFC TV. “There won’t be anyone in Liverpool today who isn’t delighted to hear that. I’m really pleased about it because I’ve got great respect for Steven Gerrard. He gives everyone a boost without question.”

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