A disappointing week for Liverpool could improve somewhat with the news that Brendan Rodgers is set to sign a new contract with the Anfield outfit.
The Mirror understands the Northern Irishman has shaken hands on a four-season extension to his current £2.5million-a year contract, with an attractive pay rise making him one of the highest-earning managers in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, there are also plans to reward a number of the club’s first team players, with Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel and John Flanagan all expected to be offered new contracts in the summer.
Whilst Chelsea fans could witness the departure of John Terry and Ashley Cole, Manchester United have prepared themselves for the loss of Nemanja Vidic and potentially Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand. Meanwhile, Bacary Sagna is backing his bags in North London, with the intention of leaving Arsenal.
Granted, none of the aforementioned Liverpool players have contracts that expire this season. Nonetheless, this move is part of the club’s scheme to guarantee long-term stability. With Rodgers and the majority of the Reds' best players secured on long-term deals, the foundations are set for future success at Anfield.
Liverpool were inches away from securing their first Premier League title this season, but following a disappointing week, they find themselves reliant on a Manchester City slip-up, which seems unlikely at this stage. Next campaign, with the current squad and the addition of a few others, Rodgers will be hoping to mount a similar challenge.
This season, however thrilling for the fans, is merely the start of a long-term plan at Anfield, with Rodgers given time and money to leave a lasting legacy.