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15 February 2009 @ 05:19 pm
STEVEN GERRARD WINNING  

Liverpool ace set to return for Real Madrid showdown

STEVEN GERRARD is winning his battle to be fit for Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

And there was more good news for Kop fans with Rafa Benitez expected to sign his delayed £16million contract ‘within days’.

Gerrard is likely to miss next weekend’s Premier League visit of Manchester City due to hamstring trouble. But his sights remain firmly on the trip to the Bernabeu on February 25 and he has responded well to treatment.

He will be given until the last moment to prove he can travel to Spain.

Benitez and Liverpool co- owner Tom Hicks completed negotiations last night on the manager’s new deal which will tie him to the club until 2013.

Benitez had earlier rejected FOUR drafts of the deal as he demanded more control over the club’s transfer policy. And although he will still be accountable to the board for future signings, he has won many of the concessions he was asking for.

An Anfield source said: “The final issues have been ironed out. It’s hoped Rafa will sign within a few days.”

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ozziguy: liverpoolozziguy on February 15th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Great news about Stevie and Rafa. I'm glad we aren't like Chelsea, sacking the manager each year we either don't win the title or fall a certain amount of points behind whoever happens to be on top. I think what clubs like Chelsea fail to realize is that stability plays a key factor in a clubs success.
I hate to say it and I know we all don't like them at all, but look at Man U. Fergie has been there how long? This is what is great about Rafa signing for another 4 years it will give us the stability in our management so that players know who they are playing for not asking themselves "Well, who's in charge next year?".
I'm also all for Rafa having more control over the clubs' transfer policy. After all he's the one who knows what players he wants and what he thinks will and won't work.