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Gerrard and Kuyt sign contract extensions

Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt have signed contract extensions with Liverpool which will tie them to Anfield until 2013 and 2012 respectively.

The news will come as a relief to Reds fans and follows Rafael Benitez's decision to sign a new contract last month. Spain striker Fernando Torres is also reported to be close to signing an extension as Liverpool look to build for the future.

Benitez hailed Gerrard's decision to remain at Liverpool until his 32nd birthday: "He wanted to stay for all his life, that was the key. If the captain decides to stay for four more years, maybe until the end of his career, it shows great commitment to the club that everyone can see."

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