Paper suggests reason for delay over new Gerrard deal: It's not Rodgers

The Mirror claims the reason for a delay in Steven Gerrard's new Liverpool contract isn't to do with Brendan Rodgers.

The Mirror has suggested a reason for a delay to Steven Gerrard signing a deal to extend his Liverpool career beyond this season.

The Anfield legend is thought to have an offer on the table from the Merseyside club, with his agent reportedly going through the terms of the contract, as Liverpool seek to keep their most important player.

“A spokesman for the Anfield giants confirmed that a formal contract offer has now been made to the player, with the player’s agent currently looking closely at the terms,” reports the Mirror.

“Sources close to the player suggested on Sunday night that he is in no rush to sign a new deal, with a guarantee of a one-year rolling contract on the table.”

Gerrard’s agent and representatives are thought to be holding out for a two-year deal according to the national newspaper, which is based around him having to concede on his current wage deal in order to stay at the club.

It should be a no brainer for the player and the club, with the suggested reason for the delay simply the nature of the deal and the terms involved.

If Liverpool have put a one-year deal on the table and Gerrard is thought to want the security of two more years, a solution to that difference in opinion isn’t going to happen quickly.

The main reason Brendan Rodgers has occasionally rested Gerrard at times this season is because of his age and nothing more because the boss would be extremely naïve to push the club’s most experienced and important players out into the cold at such an important stage in the season.

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