With Brendan Rodgers edging towards the last season of his Liverpool contract and with the side doing so well in the Premier League this season, it is of little wonder that Steven Gerrard has called for the club’s hierarchy to offer the Liverpool manager a new deal.
Not only is the progress the Northern Irishman has made since his arrival at Anfield been staggering in the modern era, but he has also provided a degree of stability after the turbulent years that occurred at the turn of the decade.
Following Rafa Benitez’s departure and Roy Hodgson’s forgetful reign at the helm of the club, Liverpool ran the risk of becoming like the rest of the side’s in modern football in terms of their managers.
Rodgers had a hard job following Kenny Dalglish into Anfield – regardless of the poor league position he was still following a club legend into the job. It is potentially daunting, instead he has gone about his business and not been overwhelmed by the task in front of him.
Not only that but what the club could achieve this season would be almost unprecedented in the modern era by jumping from also rans to title winners.
He has been backed by the owners, but hasn’t had the war chest or the bottomless pit of cash that you will see at the Etihad Stadium or Stamford Bridge. It’s a side that has taken time to build, first under Dalglish, but Rodgers worked with those players and added his own cogs to the machine to make it work in his own way.
Of course he should be given a new deal. Given the way the club has done its business under the ownership of FSG so far, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was a case of sorting his contract out when on the field issues this season have been sorted.
Title win or not, Liverpool should be tying him down for the long-term, because it looks as if he’s starting to build something special at Anfield. Who knows just how long he could be at Anfield for?