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Gerrard set to end his career with Liverpool

Steven Gerrard has signed a new long term deal with Liverpool that is expected to see him finish his playing career with the Reds.

The Reds' captain has also agreed to take on a role as an ambassador for the club after he retires as a player.

"I'm very happy. It's a very proud day for myself and my family," said the 31-year-old.

Full details of the deal have not yet been announced. 

The announcement came the day after Gerrard's 13th minute penalty gave Liverpool a 1-0 advantage in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Manchester City.

Crystal Palace already have one eye on the promised land of European football after beating Championship rivals Cardiff City in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night.

Anthony Gardner scored the game's only goal in the 43rd minute, heading in a Darren Ambrose cross from the left.

If the Championship's representatives pull off a shock win against City or Liverpool in the final, they will qualify for next season's Europa League competition.

The Bluebirds, currently flying high in the Championship play-off zone, could be in the Premier League by the time they embark on a European campaign - if they can overturn the Eagles' slender first leg advantage then beat the odds with victory in the final.

Carling Cup semi finals

Tuesday, January 10

Crystal Palace 1 (Gardner 43) Cardiff 0 - first leg

Wednesday, January 11

Man City 0 Liverpool 1 (Gerrard pen 13) - first leg

Tuesday, January 24

Cardiff v Crystal Palace, second leg, 19:45

Wednesday, January 25

Liverpool v Man City, second leg, 19:45

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