Retirement not on Steven Gerrard's mind

Gerrard not thinking of retirement
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Steven Gerrard wants to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs and play for Liverpool well into his mid-30s.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is confident that he will carry on playing well into his mid and late 30s.

The 32-year-old's current contract with the Reds runs out at the end of next season, and he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

"I think I can play at this level for quite a while," the midfielder told The Sunday Times. "I'm not looking for a new contract but I'm hoping next year will not be my last. I'll know when I'm ready to go.

"It's getting more difficult for older players. It shows how well Giggs and Scholes have done.

"You need a manager who'll play you at the right times - which is what Brendan Rodgers is doing with myself now."

Gerrard signed a professional contract with Liverpool in 1997 and made his senior debut in the following year.

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