Gerrard should stay at Liverpool ‘for the rest of his life’ – Lambert

The 34-year-old midfielder is in talks over a new contract at Anfield as speculation mounts that he could seek a new challenge but the striker is “desperate” for him to stay

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard should remain at the club “for the rest of his life”, says striker Rickie Lambert.

Now 34, Gerrard’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current season and is in talks with the club over a new deal, though he was in the spotlight on Saturday when manager Brendan Rodgers rested him from the starting XI in the Reds’ 1-0 Premier League win over Stoke City.

Gerrard – who has made over 600 appearances for his beloved Liverpool – was back in the team for Tuesday’s trip to Leicester City, though, playing a starring role and scoring the second goal in a 3-1 victory.

With speculation continuing to mount regarding his future, Lambert believes that Gerrard should see out his career at Anfield.

“I think I am speaking for everyone involved in Liverpool that we are desperate to keep Stevie,” the Liverpool striker told reporters.

“It’s clear that it’s his decision and the club’s decision but I think he needs to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his life – that’s my opinion.

“Stevie is his own man but he is Mr Liverpool. I am enjoying playing with him, very much so, after years of watching him – and long may it continue.”

Gerrard’s own form has been closely scrutinised in recent weeks but Lambert has no doubts over his quality.

He added: “I think some of the talk is silly; he was always going to come good, as he showed at Leicester.

“He has got more than enough in the tank. He is still one of the best players around for me. Obviously he is not going to play every single game but he showed what he can do.”