Stevie stays! Gerrard commits his future to Liverpool and backs Hodgson plan after Cole arrival

July 20th, 2010

Steven Gerrard has dramatically pledged his future to Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard has dramatically pledged his future to Liverpool. Only 24 hours after the club received a major boost with the signing of Joe Cole, Anfield’s talismanic captain delivered the news every Liverpool fan has been waiting to hear.

After a meeting with new manager Roy Hodgson, Gerrard said: ‘I wanted the chance to meet Roy privately and having done so, I’m very impressed with his plans for the future. I can’t wait for the start of the new season.’

Gerrard, 30, who has been at Anfield since he was eight, has never expressed any desire to leave. But following Liverpool’s wretched seventh-place finish last season, he was repeatedly linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.

The Spanish club have balked at the reported �30million price tag.

The Liverpool skipper welcomed Cole’s addition on a free transfer, saying: ‘I’ve told Joe what a great club this is and I’m sure Joe’s the sort of exciting talent our fans will love to see.

‘It is a great signing for us. I know Joe well through the England set-up and have seen at first hand just how good a player he is.

‘He has proved his ability over many years in the Premier League – sometimes against us – so it will be fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool.’

Hodgson welcomed Gerrard’s statement on Tuesday night. He said: ‘It’s a great piece of news. There won’t be anyone in Liverpool who isn’t delighted to hear that.

‘I’m really pleased because I’ve got great respect for Steven Gerrard. He’s a player who I was really looking forward to working with when I came to Liverpool.

‘It seems now, with that commitment, that this will happen. It gives everyone a boost, without question.

‘It will be a tough season, with a lot of matches, and the disappointment of last season is going to take a while to dissipate, but it is very good that our best player is still going to be playing at this club.

‘Hopefully, with the signing of Joe Cole – and if we are lucky one or two others, to boost the squad – we will be going into this season’s competition maybe stronger on paper than we were last season.’

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Meanwhile, Hodgson has revealed that Fernando Torres is on course to be fit for the opening weeks of the season despite rupturing his thigh muscle in the World Cup final.

He said: ‘I think it’s quite good. I saw him now almost a week ago, last Wednesday. I went to Ibiza and met him, albeit briefly, and we had a little talk there.

‘He was telling me he didn’t think the groin problem was anything to worry about at all and it was something that just a rest on holiday was going to clear up.

‘We’re hoping when he comes back on August 2 he’ll be fit and well.’

Rangers defender Danny Wilson is expected to complete his move to Liverpool on Wednesday. A £2.5m deal for the 18-year-old broke down in May but he pulled out of the Scottish champions’ tour to Australia last night and is expected to fly to Switzerland today to meet Hodgson and finalise a five-year deal.

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Wilson, who has a slight hamstring problem, has been recommended by former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.

The Scotland Under 19 centre half won both the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers’ young player of the year awards after making his debut last October.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said: ‘Liverpool’s offer will see the club receive £2m up front with add-ons linked to games played, taking the total value of the deal to £5m.’

                                                                                              Source:Daily mail

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