Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a new two-year contract, the BBC reports. Talks between Gerrard’s agents and Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre had been ongoing since the end of last season and the England captain will now stay at Anfield past his 35th birthday. His previous deal had been due to expire at the end of next season but manager Brendan Rodgers made the future of the 33-year-old a priority. Gerrard, who made his Liverpool debut in 1998, said: “It’s great news.” The new contract will ensure he spends his career with one club. ,Gerrard told the club’s website: “I think everyone knows what it means to me. I’ve been here that long and so to extend, it’s a big day for me and I’m really happy for myself and my family. “It lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here.” “I’m glad it’s all done and it’s happened at the right time before the season, so I can just focus on playing as well as I can.” Liverpool are preparing for a pre-season tour of Australia and Asia. “He is – and always has been – such a big part of Liverpool Football Club. Particularly in this day and age, it’s rather unique to find a local player who has given his whole career to his club,” managing director Ian Ayre said. Gerrard started the first 36 of the Reds’ Premier League games last season before missing the final two after bringing forward a shoulder operation.