Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club is relaxed over a new contract for Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers will be a Champions League manager next season and possibly a title winning boss, which prompts the question of what exactly are Liverpool waiting for?
Rodgers has always maintained that the club’s main aim, before a new deal for himself, was to secure a top four spot and barring a miracle or a ridiculous points deduction, the Anfield club have achieved that.
“It’s never been an issue. We will have our own dialogue at the appropriate time, we will have that discussion. Right now isn’t the time,” Ayre told Sky Sports.
“We don’t want a distraction. That’s a private matter. I know Brendan, myself and the owners are all very comfortable with that.”
There is the same merit in drafting a new contract for Rodgers right now, the same merit that saw the club offer Luis Suarez a new deal earlier in the season, before Champions League football looked like a formality.
While there’s about as much chance of Rodgers not signing a new deal (at any point) as there is of Suarez turning his back on that deal and joining Manchester United, there are potential complications which could be avoided.
Any set of negotiations over what could be a long term deal for Rodgers is going to take time.
That time could be sucked away from the boss at a crucial stage of the summer as he studies his player’s performances at the World Cup and starts to mull over potential transfer targets for when the window opens.
Bear in mind Liverpool don’t have the vast pool of resources similar to other sides they’ll be competing against in Europe next season and potentially over the next few years.
That means emphasis has to be on speed and getting deals done quickly and in the same way Rodgers doesn’t want to be distracted right now, he won’t want to be distracted when he’s trying to create a side aimed at an assault on Europe.
Rodgers and Liverpool will already have a vague idea of the sort of deal they’re looking for and it all points towards a long term contract offer, which will keep Rodgers in place for much longer than his current deal which expires in 2015.
It’s a near certainty so why not get the deal done allowing Rodgers to focus on winning the league and building a side capable of having a crack at the Champions League?