Reds duo sign contract extension

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Liverpool announced on Friday that captain Steven Gerrard and striker Dirk Kuyt had agreed to extend their contract with the club by another two years.

Gerrard's deal on Merseyside still had two years before it expired, but the Reds have moved to secure their star asset.

The 28-year-old agreed a two-year contract extension, tying him to the Andfield club until 2013, and will see his wages rise nearly £20,000 to around £125,000 a week.

"This is fantastic news for the club," Liverpool manager Rafa Benítez told the club's official website.

"Steven has once again shown his commitment and it was an easy deal to agree. As soon as we offered him the option he said yes. There were no problems at all. He wants to stay for life.

"This deal sends out another clear message that we are moving forward as a club. To know we have a player of Steven's quality with us for many more years is a great boost for the club and the fans."

Gerrard’s deal was swiftly followed by a similar extension for Kuyt, who also signed a two-year extension on Friday.

The Dutchman's current deal was due to expire at the end of next season, but he can now remain at the club until 2012.

Benítez added: "This is another great piece of news for the club.

"Dirk had one year left on his contract and we were keen for him to stay. He is a player with great quality who has a big part to play in our future. We are delighted to have reached an agreement.

"To have announced new deals for Steven and Dirk on the same day shows how hard everyone is working and that we are moving forward quickly as a club. These are very positive messages and I am very happy."

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