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The Three Lions prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Ukraine next week when Slovakia head to Wembley on Saturday for a friendly.

Steven Gerrard has confirmed that he is ready to sign a contract extension with Liverpool.

The Reds skipper insists he is happier now than at any other stage of his career as he looks to lead Liverpool to their first Premier League title success.

Reports have suggested Liverpool are poised to offer Gerrard a new long-term deal and the midfielder admits he would be happy to extend his current contract which still has two years to run on it.

“I have never been happier throughout my whole career than I am at the moment,” Gerrard said.

“I have two years left on my contract and if there was a chance to extend it, I am sure I would.

“I am playing in a top team, with world-class players and I believe in the manager. Going forward, I am sure we can be successful.”

Gerrard also revealed his relationship with Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has gone from strength to strength.

“Maybe I was a bit selfish when I was younger,” added Gerrard.

“I used to think of myself a bit too much when he was playing me out of position.

“I should have taken a deep breath and realised it was for the team.

“But, at the moment, he (Benitez) is playing me in my favourite position, I am captain and we are winning. Our relationship has got stronger as time has gone by.

Gerrard is hoping for the chance to occupy the same free role for his country that has brought such success at Liverpool.

“It is the manager’s decision of course but I have played there all season for Liverpool and that would help me,” he said. “I would be very happy.”

The Liverpool skipper also admitted that he was enjoying being involved in the title race at the business end of the season

“For years and years I have moaned about not being involved in a title race and being far away from the others,” he added.

“At the moment, I am playing in a team that’s capable of beating anyone in the league.”

The Three Lions prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Ukraine next week when Slovakia head to Wembley on Saturday for a friendly.

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