Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Monday May 26 2014
As expected, Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield...
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been rewarded for his side's excellent form during the past season with an improved deal.
A new contract for the Northern Irishman had been on the cards for a number of months but negotiations were put on hold until the summer so the Reds could concentrate on their surprise title push.
Ultimately Liverpool were pipped on the final day by Manchester City but, with a return to the Champions League safely secured, the campaign was still an unequivocal success.
Rodgers' men, who finished down in seventh the season before, won 26 of their 38 league games and scored a phenomenal 101 goals in the process.
The former Swansea City boss was subsequently named overall Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association.
Upon signing his new contract this afternoon, the exact terms of which were not disclosed, Rodgers commented: "I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club.
"I am very happy to build on the foundations we have built over the last two years and now we move onto the next phase which I believe will be as exciting, challenging and rewarding.
"I would like to place on record my thanks to the players and staff, who have been absolutely brilliant for me since the day I started at this great football club.
"I am grateful to our owners and senior management team who have supported me and who share my vision of how we can progress on the field.
"Finally, I must thank the supporters who are at the heart of everything we do here. I am honoured every day to lead this team and I thank the fans for their continued support as together we strive to bring success back to Liverpool Football Club."
In a joint statement accompanying the news, principle owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner praised Rodgers and revealed their belief that the club was in safe hands.
"We are very fortunate to have a hugely talented individual leading our football performance and in whom we place our trust to deliver the vision we share for Liverpool Football Club," read the American duo's statement.
"Brendan is at the heart of what we, as an ownership group, are trying to achieve on the pitch. This season has reaffirmed everyone's belief that we can bring football success to Liverpool and we are all committed to working together to achieve that.
"Players and supporters have made it clear how important Brendan is to our success and so to have him commit to us for the long term is a great boost for everyone going forward."
A complete no brainer; Rodgers has brought optimism and excitement back to Anfield. But it's not just the results he has achieved that impresses, it's the methods and style he has utilised in achieving them that makes the 41-year-old stand out. To be within two points of the title playing in such an attractive manner, with a young squad full of British players, is incredible. The new deal, rumoured to be worth upwards of £4million per year and lasting until 2018, was always going to be tied-up at some stage but it's nice to get it out of the way early so everyone can now concentrate solely on strengthening the side ahead of next season.
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Date:Monday May 26 2014
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