Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to Remain at Liverpool

This story is several days old but I hadn't gotten a chance to update the site, so here we go.

In a piece of news that is sure to excite the hearts of the Liverpool fans on Merseyside, versatile midfielder Steven Gerrard (the captain) and center back Jamie Carragher (the vice-captain) have signed contracts keeping them with the Reds through 2011. The two players have spent their entire professional careers at Anfield and their deals pretty much ensure that they will play the most productive years left in their career with their hometown team.

Gerrard is easily Liverpool's most talented player and is a centerpiece that a team can be built around. He is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield and was even used as an outside back early in his career by former Liverpool manager GĂ©rard Houllier. He's made 268 appearances with the club and scored 44 goals, though his contributions are far more wide-ranging than just the tangibles.

Carragher is a solid center back who's made 473 appearances with Liverpool since joining the club in 1996. Rafael Benitez knows exactly what he'll get every time he writes Carragher into the starting lineup and that kind of consistency is essential for a successful center back. Carragher has been a fringe player as far as making the England national team goes and obviously his growth potential as a player has peaked. Other than when making the occasional appearance for his country, Liverpool fans expect to see Carragher play his best and hold a back line, which possesses the talented young Dane Daniel Agger, together.

These two signings are very important for the new American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillette and should help usher Liverpool into their new stadium near the end of this decade.

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