Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Tuesday March 18 2014
Club owners Fenway Sports Group are set to offer Reds boss Brendan Rodgers an improved contract much to the delight of Steven Gerrard...
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be rewarded for the club's fine form with a new long-term deal when negotiations open at the end of the season.
The summer discussions have been pencilled in for some time with the 41-year-old set to enter the final year of the three-year contract he signed as Kenny Dalglish's successor in June 2012.
There is already an option for a one-year extension within the terms of the existing agreement but unsurprisingly American owners Fenway Sports Group are preparing a revised, long-term deal featuring a substantially improved basic wage.
The development, predicted by well-informed Telegraph journalist Chris Bascombe amongst others, could even happen sooner should Rodgers reconsider his stance over talks not commencing while the season is still in progress.
Liverpool are currently second in the standings, following Sunday's crushing 3-0 away victory over bitter rivals Manchester United, and have a game in hand on leaders Chelsea.
There is a growing sense that the Merseysiders could finally end their long wait for a league title, which stretches back to 1990, with the Northern Irishman at the helm.
Such has been the impressive nature of performances, some tabloid newspapers and online sources have even linked Rodgers with a possible future move to Barcelona in the past few days.
Kop captain Steven Gerrard is in no doubt about what he wants to see happen to a figure he describes as the 'best ever man-manager' he has worked with.
"I am absolutely delighted he is here and I just hope that there is a lot of movement in Boston [where FSG are based] now because they have got to get him signed up as soon as possible," commented the midfielder following victory at Old Trafford.
"When players are in this situation with a year to go and you want to keep hold of them so desperately, then the club reacts quickly and gets it sorted. For me, I think he deserves a very long contract here and he is perfect for this club.
"He has been a revelation. He keeps tweaking and tinkering with the formation and making little subtle changes to personnel and tactics and it is coming off from week to week. He is a young coach who has been there and earned the right to be Liverpool manager.
"From week to week he is helping us improve and get better and he has been an absolute breath of fresh air to this football club. We have had our difficult times and at the moment we need to enjoy the way we are playing and try and continue it and get success."
A new contract for Rodgers is a no-brainer; he needs to be tied down to a long-term deal as soon as possible. Even if we suffer an end of season slump, Champions League qualification looks secure and that represents a massive improvement on the previous finishes of seventh and eighth. Rodgers' impact also goes way beyond results and he is playing a pivotal role in shaping the club for future success and improving an image severely tarnished by the previous owners and PR blunders such as the Luis Suarez racism saga. On the field, the team is an absolute joy to watch and contains young, vibrant players with a strong British presence. Not since the immediate afterglow of the Champions League triumph of 2005 have I felt this positive.
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Date:Tuesday March 18 2014
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