Steven Gerrard: Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool star offered deal

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No rift with Gerrard - Rodgers

Midfielder Steven Gerrard, 34, has been offered a new deal by Liverpool, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds boss has also denied talk of a rift between himself and his captain, whose current deal finishes at the end of this season.

Gerrard has already branded rumours of a fallout as "nonsense".

Asked if there was a rift, Rodgers, speaking at a news conference before Tuesday's Premier League game at Leicester, said: "No, 150% no."

Rodgers said Gerrard will be given time to consider the offer but added that money would not be an issue.

"It is a big move not just in his life but in terms of committing where his next contract is going to be," said Rodgers.

"There are probably many things Steven would have to think about in a decision like this but it certainly won't be money. I have spoken to him often enough and at length and that won't be the case."

"No matter how good a player has been, once they come towards those final years then as manager you are having to think how you can get the best out of the player."

Steven Gerrard
Born: 30 May, 1980 in Whiston
Liverpool debut: 29 November, 1998 against Blackburn Rovers
Total appearances: 687 (third on the all-time list for Liverpool)
Total goals: 176 (sixth on the all-time list for Liverpool)

He added: "Everyone knows his history at this club. What a player he has been, and still is. I see his talent every day and just need to manage that and think how it can be most effective.

"I love working with Steven Gerrard. I've enjoyed every single minute. I hope that continues."

Back in October, Gerrard revealed he could join another club if he is not offered a new contract.

The former England captain, who joined Liverpool's youth academy at the age of nine, ruled out the possibility of retirement when his current deal expired in May.

"I will play beyond this season," he said. "We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision."

Rodgers has come under growing criticism following Liverpool's stuttering start to the season.

After finishing second in the Premier League table last term they currently lie 11th after losing six of 13 games.

In the Champions League they are third in their group, needing to beat FC Basel in their final match to reach the knockout stages.

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