Steven Gerrard further confirmed today that he’ll be talking about a new deal when the season ends. Gerrard was speaking by telephone to Sky Sports News, and repeated more or less what he’d said to the Liverpool Echo the day before: "I have two years to run on the four-year deal I signed and the plan was always to talk after two years. My agent and I will sit down with the manager and Rick Parry after the Champions League final and we will talk." Gerrard’s words yesterday referred to talks "about the future" – some felt this didn’t really confirm he meant contract talks. Today’s words help clarify what he means. There’s obviously still time for things to change, but as it stands it certainly sounds like Gerrard wants to get a new deal sorted out.
Gerrard also spoke about the contrasting form from the Reds this season: "We have been disappointing domestically but we have a chance to make history and become legends at the football club and we want to grab that."
Stevie also says that getting into the Champions League Final is something that the players never expected until recently. He said, "I don’t think any of the players or anyone connected with the club thought about that. We have been underdogs from the start, there were some fantastic teams in the competition, but we have produced some great form in the Champions League."
PSV Eindhoven almost cause a shock on Wednesday night, eventually going out to AC Milan on away goals. Gerrard thinks that the meeting in Istanbul between four-time winners Liverpool and six-times-winners AC Milan will be a difficult game: "It will be a tough match. We will be up for it and fight hard and hopefully bring the cup back for the Liverpool fans."
Gerrard resisted the temptation to rub salt into the wounds of Chelsea after their defeat at Anfield. Jose Mourinho claimed after the matcht that "the best team lost" and said that the linesman won. Mourinho made a point of congratulating the Liverpool players on the pitch after the game – a nice gesture, pity it was followed by such bitterness in the post-match interviews. Gerrard focussed on the gesture rather than the comments: "It was nice to see the Chelsea players and the manager congratulate us and I thought they took the defeat really well."