Gerrard pens fresh deal at Liverpool 24 hours after winning goal at Manchester City
Steven Gerrard has handed Liverpool a massive boost by signing an extended contract.
It comes a day after his penalty handed the Reds a 1-0 advantage over Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final.
The new deal's terms have yet to be revealed but Gerrard said: 'I'm very happy. It's a very proud day for myself and my family.
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'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.
'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.
'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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Gerrard has also agreed to take up an ambassadorial role at Liverpool once his career is over.
He added: 'It's really flattering for me that the club have offered me the chance to stay when I eventually hang my boots up.
'Hopefully that will be in many years to come because I want to play for as long as I can.
'I'll know myself when it's time to hang my boots up and then hopefully I can stay involved with the club and set the right example for youngsters coming through.'
It means 2012 has begun well for the Huyton-born star, who has scored in two of his three appearances in the new year.
Gerrard 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
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.
Boss Kenny Dalglish said: 'It's
fantastic for everybody. Over the past couple of years he's had a couple
of disappointing spells where he's picked up injuries through no fault
Big boost: The news is hugely welcome to boss Kenny Dalglish
'He picked up a couple of infections which were completely unrelated. He's come back fantastically well and is starting to get himself back to full fitness.
'For us, for Steven and for everybody connected with football club it's fantastic news. We're delighted for him and are looking forward to him getting back to full fitness and working hard for us and with us.
'He does everything. People only see what he does on the pitch. It's the same for Carra as well who is also influential among the young players. They are two great examples for them to sit and look up to.
'Steven, being the club captain, is very impressive – if there's a problem to be sorted in the dressing room, which isn't very often, he'll deal with it and it doesn't come any further than the dressing room which is fantastic for us.
'It doesn't happen too often but if it happens he steps in. So he stands up to be counted on and off the pitch. He's been a fantastic servant to the football club so let's hope he gets past his present contract as well.
'He's been here since he was a very young boy. 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. It's not as if he's been at a football club that's been without success either.
'If you're happy where you're playing, you're enjoying what you're doing and you enjoy the football club I don't see any reason to move, and it's fantastic for us that he hasn't.'