Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his fervent desire for the club’s iconic skipper, Steven Gerrard, to remain a Red.
Gerrard’s current contract with Liverpool expires at the end of the 2013-14 season, and Rodgers hopes the lifelong Red is given a meaty extension sooner rather than later.
England captain Gerrard is turning 33 this year, and his football obituary has been written by some pundits for the past two seasons.
But to Rodgers, Gerrard seems as if he “dropped from heaven”, such is the attacking midfielder’s omnipotence at Anfield.
Rodgers also confesses that even if Gerrard is not exactly the unstoppable player he once was, he does not think Liverpool would be “alright” if for some reason their skipper were to leave.
"As yet I don't believe anything has been done [about a new contract]," Rodgers said of Gerrard on Tuesday night.
"Steven and I have spoken a number of times. His feeling the last time we spoke was to get through this season and see how that goes. His focus is on really helping the group to go forward.
"There's no doubt that between now and the end of this season the contract will be looked at. With each day that goes on you see the real importance he still has to the club. At 32 years of age, he still looks so fit, strong and you can see his influence on the team."
Asked if Liverpool’s American owners and key decision makers felt the same way about the club’s captain fantastic, Rodgers added: "I would hope so.
"They watch all the games from afar. They understand and I have regular dialogue with them.
"I can only feedback in terms of his qualities both as a player and as a leader of the club.
“As a captain he's been phenomenal. It's not like they don't get to know about it. Between now and the end of the season we will have a clear look at that, for sure.
"Steven Gerrard is a unique player. When he came on at Oldham [on Sunday] it was like someone had dropped him from heaven into the game. We went to a totally different level when he came on.
"Unfortunately at this stage I can't say that without Steven Gerrard we would be alright because I don't believe we would.
"This is a top, top player who gives so much quality but also enthusiasm."