England star has made successful comeback from shoulder op.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers says that veteran skipper Steven Gerrard still has a key role to play at the club for a good few years yet, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The England international has now fully recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the final two Premier League games of last season, having had a successful operation to cure the problem, with the 33-year-old even taking part in the first day of pre-season training at Melwood on Tuesday.
And Rodgers is insistent that the midfield player still has many more years and much more to offer the Merseyside giants, even after a mammoth 629 games in all competitions for the club since making his Liverpool debut way back in the 1998-99 season, including 440 appearances in the Premier League, during which time Gerrard has found the back of the net on 159 occasions, including 98 times in the top flight.
“He’s 33 now, but Steven is still an integral part of what I’m trying to do here and will be for the next few years,” said Rodgers.
“He had his operation towards the end of the season and the plan was for him to continue his rehab over the off-season.
“It’s a big credit to him – he’s worked tirelessly over the summer.
“He won’t be too far away. He looks great and is in great condition.”