Brendan Rodgers confirmed yesterday that he’s not held talks with Liverpool over a new contract to stay at the club.
Rodgers is largely credited with transforming the current Liverpool first team, creating a passionate and hungry group of players staring at the very realistic possibility of a top four finish by the end of the season.
He also played a big role in keeping Luis Suarez at the club last summer, when bids were coming in from Arsenal and the striker seemed intent on moving away from Anfield for a new challenge.
“Nothing whatsoever. I have, after this year, one more year to go. I have always said I am very happy here and we're just over halfway through that contract and it is not something that comes into my thinking,” Rodgers told the press.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2015 but it’s not uncommon for top flight football clubs to approach managerial contracts in the same way as players deals.
Liverpool could realistically extend Rodgers’ deal to the end of 2017 or even the end of 2018 if John Henry believes he is the right person to be shaping the future of the football club.
At the moment, everything is very positive and Rodgers has created a very sustainable model which allows the club to operate within the realms of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
That’s very significant, especially if Liverpool are planning on being a Champions League side, as they should be, over the next couple of years.
“If I was to never get offered one, I would give my life to the last day of that contract. In the meantime, until anyone says otherwise or wants to reward the staff or myself for our work, then we keep working as normal and see where it takes us,” he added.
Typical Rodgers. Shift the emphasis back onto the team and what everyone is trying to create at Liverpool.
Rodgers has held back from giving in to raw emotion and admitting that he wants to bring the glory days of the 1980s back to the club but in terms of that sort of fear factor, the side is certainly heading in the right direction.
“I have regular contact with the owners and it is never mentioned. I talk more about players. My ambition is more for the club so I want the players tied up so we can keep the best players and get players in. The club knows my feelings in that I love it here,” he went on.
Liverpool’s higher powers have three choices; start talks now, start talks at the end of the season or wait until 2015 when his current deal winds down.
The most likely of those three choices will be talks in the summer because it seems Rodgers has too much respect for his players than to shift focus onto himself at a crucial stage in the season.
The longer contract talks take to come around, the more speculation is going to grow but Rodgers definitely looks set for the long haul. As long as Liverpool are willing to have him.
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