Hodgson confident Gerrard will stay

08 July 2010 11:01

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is confident Steven Gerrard will remain at the club after he held personal talks with the Reds captain.

The 62-year-old met the England midfielder and vice-captain Jamie Carragher on his first day at the club and despite concern over Gerrard's future Hodgson said the player did not even raise the issue.

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"Obviously Steven and Jamie are the playing heartbeat of the club and it's very important we keep people like that with us," Hodgson told LFC Weekly.

"I anticipate there might be a situation where other big clubs will try to sign Steven but he gave no indication that he wanted to leave."

"Nobody at the club wants him to go so I will be doing my utmost to make sure he stays. I am confident he will."

Hodgson has not yet had a chance to meet striker Fernando Torres, who is also being linked with a number of top European clubs, because he is still on duty with World Cup finalists Spain.

However, the Englishman remains optimistic he can convince the 26-year-old that things will improve at Anfield and he can achieve his ambitions with the Merseysiders.

"Fernando is a wonderful striker and I understand the fans' concerns about his future," said the former Fulham boss. "Unfortunately with the World Cup still on I won't be able to meet him face to face for another few weeks - that's just circumstance and you won't hear me complaining about it.

"When I do meet him I will be doing everything I possibly can to convince him that Liverpool is the place to be.

"If he sees progress I am confident that he won't want to go anywhere else. I think he understands the club and the city."

Source: PA