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Gerrard proud after penning deal


Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is proud to have signed a contract extension at Anfield.

The 31-year-old England international finalised the deal less than 24 hours after scoring the only goal in the Reds' 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final first leg victory at Manchester City.

"I'm very happy. It's a very proud day for myself and my family," the midfielder told liverpoolfc.tv.

"It comes on the back of a fantastic team performance last night when we got the result we were looking for. The contract extension coming the day after has been the icing on the cake so it has been a perfect 24 hours."

The new deal, the terms of which have not been revealed, means 2012 has begun well for the Huyton-born star, who has scored in two of his three appearances in the new year. He admitted he was glad to see the back of 2011 after a groin operation in March curtailed the end of last season and delayed his start to the current campaign.

He had a further two months on the sidelines after an ankle infection in October, but with the club 90 minutes away from their first final in six years - and their first trip to Wembley since 1996 - he now is looking forward to enjoying happier times.

"This is the club I love and is the club I have supported since I was a young boy. I am living the dream as the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world," he added.

"I love coming to work every day and the experiences I have had since I was eight years of age and first signed for the club, I wouldn't change them for the world. To extend that and to hopefully have some more good times in a red shirt is what I want.

"There will be more highs and lows, there's no doubt about it as that's part and parcel of being a football player at a top club. The important thing is that you react well to the lows and experience more of the highs.

"I'm confident moving forward that the club is going in the right direction. We've got a fantastic team, we've got the right owners in place and the right team behind our team, so I'm really confident we'll have more good experiences in the future."


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