Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Steven Gerrard has signed a new two-year contract to keep him at Liverpool , with the long-serving captain hailing his new deal as "great news". Since breaking into the first team in 1998, the midfielder has made 630 appearances for the club, scoring 159 goals, and helping the team to numerous trophies, including the Champions League , FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup. Immediately after signing the contract, Gerrard told the club's official 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's great news. "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." Managing director Ian Ayre added: "It's fantastic for everyone - the club, Steven and the fans. "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. "We're pleased today to add an extension to his existing agreement and that keeps him here until the end of his career. "We've said what we'll do in two years' time is review it again and see how happy Steven is. We seem to always be happy with him, so hopefully we'll just continue in that vein." Hugely popular with the club's fans, he added: "I hope they're really happy (about his extension). "The relationship is mutual. They have respect for me and they know how much I love them, so it's a two-way thing. "People talk about my loyalty to the football club, because I've been here all the way through, but the club have been very loyal to me throughout my career and always rewarded me at the right times with deals. "They've always told me what they think about me and that's very important as a footballer, to know that you're loved."
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