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LIFER BIRD; Gerrard commits future to Reds.

Byline: IAN DOYLE

STEVEN GERRARD has expressed his pride after signing a new contract that will keep him at Liverpool for the rest of his career.

And the skipper has agreed to take on an ambassadorial role at the club once he decides to hang up his boots.

Less than 24 hours after netting the winner in Liverpool's 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final first leg win at Manchester City, Gerrard yesterday put pen to paper to a new long-term deal.

The England midfielder, who will be 32 in May, insists he is still "living the dream" at his boyhood club and is convinced the Reds are on the path to restoring former glories.

And he said: "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.

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From Back Page "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."

A new contract caps a positive few weeks for Gerrard, who since returning from injury has scored three times in his last four appearances.

"It's a very proud day for myself and my family," he said. "It comes on the back of a fantastic team performance 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."

While Gerrard expects to have several years remaining playing at the top level plans have already been put in place for him to take up an ambassadorial role when he eventually retires.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to Gerrard's loyalty and said: "In this day and age there's not many people who go through their football career and represent just one club, especially people with quality like Steven."

Gerrard: New deal is a proud day

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2012
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