Hodgson welcomes Gerrard backing
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed captain Steven Gerrard's decision to publicly commit himself to the club.The 30-year-old midfielder, who has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, backed Hodgson's plans, welcomed the arrival of new signing Joe Cole and said he was looking forward to playing alongside his England team-mate.And that has delighted Hodgson, who has met Gerrard only briefly since taking over from Rafael Benitez on July 1."It's a great piece of news," said the 62-year-old Englishman. "There won't be anyone in Liverpool today who isn't delighted to hear that."I'm really pleased about it because I've got great respect for Steven Gerrard."He's a player who I was really looking forward to working with when I came to Liverpool. It seems now with that commitment that this will happen. It gives everyone a boost without question."
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