Liverpool morning news: Star set for new deal; rival says Reds the best he’s faced

A select round-up of morning news relating to Liverpool

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has revealed that Liverpool are the best side he has faced this campaign.

Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day, the Belgian defender said, “They are the strongest team we have played this season. They have a great squad and they are not there by luck.”

The Reds travel to West Ham United this afternoon having seen both City and Chelsea triumph on Saturday, but one wonders if Kompany was getting in some early mind-games prior to the match between the two sides next weekend that could ultimately decide the title.

In other news, the Sun reports that Steven Gerrard will receive a new two-year deal this summer worth a total of £13.5million.

The England international has continued to impress for Brendan Rodgers, and with just over a year left on his current deal, it would make sense for a renewal to take place after the World Cup.

And finally, the Mirror reports that Rodgers is drawing on his experience climbing Kilimanjaro as the title-race approaches the final stretch.

If you look too far ahead, it gets too daunting,” he said. “When you climb a mountain, you climb it in stages.”

The next stage is at Upton Park this afternoon.

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