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Last Updated: Monday, 20 June, 2005, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
Benitez reveals Gerrard ambition
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and club manager Rafael Benitez lift the Champions League trophy which the Anfield outfit won in 2004/2005
Rafael Benitez wants to make Steven Gerrard the most successful Liverpool captain in history and says that the midfielder shares his vision.

The Reds are set to open contract talks with the 25-year-old and manager Benitez told Spanish newspaper Diario AS: "I am not in favour of selling him.

"We're building a great team around him as we want him to be the skipper who wins the most titles in our history.

"I know he feels the same way because we have already talked about it."

Gerrard has two years left on his current deal with the Anfield club but doubts will still persist about his future until a new contract is signed.

He was reportedly on the verge of a move to Chelsea last summer, while Real Madrid are apparently keen to lure him to the Bernabeu before the start of the next campaign.

But Benitez quipped: "We are preparing a special weightlifting plan for Gerrard's shoulders because we want him to lift a lot of trophies for us in the next few years.

"Gerrard is a vital player for us and that is why we have not considered selling him.

"He had important offers last year but I wanted him to stay with Liverpool and he stayed with us - that was rewarded with us winning a big competition and it is our wish to carry on the same road with him."



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