Hodgson confident Gerrard will stay

08 July 2010 10:01
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is confident that Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will remain at Anfield after holding positive talks with the duo. The two players have been in South Africa this summer representing England at the World Cup finals and speculation has intensified about their plans for the future. However, new Reds boss Hodgson sees no reason why they should leave Merseyside and also remains confident that Fernando Torres' future remains at Anfield. The former Fulham manager said of his discussions with Gerrard and Carragher: "I think they went splendidly. I was very happy to meet the players and, of course, Kenny (Dalglish) who I already know so well. "I was delighted to see how positive they are. Everybody is looking forward to the new season. "Obviously Steven and Jamie are the playing heartbeat of the club and it's very important we keep people like that with us. "I anticipate there might be a situation where other big clubs will try and 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. "Unfortunately with the World Cup still on, I won't be able to meet Fernando (Torres) 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: ESA