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Steven Gerrard in Kop talks


By CHRIS BASCOMBE, 21/03/2009


STEVEN GERRARD will be offered a new £30million deal to spearhead the rest of Rafa Benitez’s reign.


And the Liverpool skipper is certain to pledge the rest of his career to his boyhood team.

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Having secured manager Benitez on a new five-year £20m contract, owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are determined to ensure their captain also stays.


The midfield star will be offered £140,000-a-week for the last two years of his current deal and then a two-year extension which will keep him at Anfield until at least 2013.


Despite interest from the rest of Europe, Gerrard has no intention of walking away from Anfield and Liverpool hope the improved terms for the 28-year-old will be signed as soon as May. The Gerrard and Benitez deals are part of a £240m cash injection by the Americans to win back the trust of the Kop.


The pair have put together an ambitious business plan. It includes:


* New summer deals for Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger costing more than £120m over four years.


* A guaranteed minimum £20m summer transfer kitty every season for the rest of Benitez’s reign.


* A radical review of the structure of the club, with the possible formation of a new, non-executive board to run Liverpool in the owners’ absence.


* Defensive legend Sami Hyypia joining the backroom staff as player/coach.


* A new deal for Benitez’s assistant Mauricio Pellegrino.


Hicks and Gillett Jnr are still talking to potential investors as the takeover saga rumbles on but they’re negotiating independently rather than as a united force.


The most likely scenario remains a Hicks alliance with a new partner, with commercial director Ian Ayre favourite to take over as chief executive to maintain some local presence on the Anfield board.


Ambitious plans are also being considered for a complete revamp of the club hierarchy, with the possibility of a non-executive board being put in place.


Former FA chief executive Brian Barwick has been touted as an ideal addition, but not necessarily as Rick Parry’s replacement as earlier believed.


Barwick could be recruited as a non-executive chairman to work alongside fellow Liverpudlian Ayre in a bid to bring harmony to the boardroom.


Liverpool were last night mourning the death of club secretary Bryce Morrison. Morrison, who attended Friday’s Champions League draw, died suddenly on his return to Merseyside. There will be a minute’s silence before today’s match against Aston Villa and the players will wear black armbands.

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