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Reds legend Ian Callaghan featured in 857 games for the Merseyside club and the Spanish goalkeeper believes the current captain will get near to that milestone

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has insisted Steven Gerrard can go close to Reds legend Ian Callaghan's record of 857 games for the club after making his 600th appearance against Newcastle on Sunday.

The 32-year-old made his debut in 1998 after graduating from the Merseyside club's academy and has enjoyed a trophy-laden career - lifting the Champions League & FA Cup amongst other honours.

But the Spaniard insists the Huyton-born midfielder is not finished yet, and has backed him to get another 200 matches under his belt.

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"It's an incredible achievement and all credit to him. He does his best in every single training session and leads by example every day," he told the club's official website.

"It's only a figure, but 600 games is unbelievable and the only thing we can do is encourage him even more and get him to play almost 800!"

The shot-stopper went on to reveal that the Liverpool captain is important to the squad both on and off the field due to his high standards and work ethic.

He added: "He is always leading by example. He always sets the tempo in training and off the field he is an important figure to follow.

"He knows the club more than anybody and knows the city as well, so he is always there to help you out.

"He is giving his best every day, not just on the training pitch but also in the gym and doing things to prevent injuries as much as he can. Hopefully he will be with us for much longer.

"He will be remembered as a legend. A Liverpool legend - and one of the most important players in English history."

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