Reds reward for star duo

04 June 2007 04:42
Liverpool's homegrown heroes Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have both put pen to paper on improved four-year contracts to keep them at the club until the summer of 2011. The pair have become the heartbeat of the Reds' cup successes under coach Rafa Benitez, with the Anfield club keen to reward the England international duo for their efforts. After tying his long-term future to Liverpool, skipper Gerrard told the club's official website: "The negotiations have gone really smoothly. "Although they have been spoken about for a couple of weeks, I think it's happened pretty quickly. "I'm just pleased to get it out of the way and we look forward to next season now. "I think you've seen off the field that the club is wanting to move forward in the right direction. "It's the same for the players and we want to back that up by delivering big performances on the pitch to make sure the club continues to be successful for years to come. "It's no good all of the things happening right off the pitch if the players don't deliver on it." Defensive lynchpin Carragher added: "I am very pleased. I've always said I wanted to stay here for the rest of my career. "Hopefully I've got one more contract left in me that will take me until the end of my career. "I have signed for four years and hopefully I can still be a regular in the team. That's the aim."

Source: ESA