Steven Gerrard coy over Liverpool contract talks

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 03, 2014, 11:56 AM IST
Steven Gerrard coy over Liverpool contract talks

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on his future at the club after scoring in his side`s 3-1 Premier League success at Leicester City on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old midfielder was restored to the starting XI after starting Saturday`s 1-0 win over Stoke City on the bench and responded by scoring the crucial second goal as Liverpool came from behind to win.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed before the game that Gerrard has been offered a new contract, but when asked if he was ready to put pen to paper, he told BT Sport: "I`ll decide when I`m ready.

"There`s nothing to say on the contract at the moment. When there is, the fans have known me long enough, I`ll come out and say what I need to say."

Liverpool fell behind in the 22nd minute at the King Power Stadium when Leonardo Ulloa`s shot hit the post and ricocheted into the net off visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet`s back for a cruel own goal.

But Adam Lallana equalised almost immediately and Gerrard put Liverpool in front nine minutes into the second half, steering home his first goal since September after Raheem Sterling`s cross was partially cleared.

After Leicester centre-back Wes Morgan had been sent off for hauling back Rickie Lambert, Jordan Henderson made the game safe in the 83rd minute.

When pressed on his future, Gerrard again refused to answer, focusing instead on his team`s improved form since their 2-2 Champions League draw at Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad last week.

"I think the last three performances have been superb," he said.

"We need to keep trying to improve on that. The reason I don`t want to answer your question tonight is because it`s not about me; it`s about a great team performance and a great three points."