News of fresh Rodgers deal provides perfect tonic after difficult weekend for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers

The club may have needed a lift after Monday's result at Selhurst Park. Their manager sticking around for another four years may have provided just that.

After all the doom and gloom surrounding Monday’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, and thinking that perhaps this isn’t going to be the year when Liverpool end their long wait to become champions, fans of the club should at least be delighted with the news that Brendan Rodgers looks set to extend his stay at Anfield.

It was a big job that Rodgers had to do when he came into Anfield. One of the most decorated clubs in English football came calling and at the age of 39, having spent just the one season managing a team in the top flight at Swansea City, he took the job.

Not only that, but despite a few seasons of mediocrity, and the club still trying to recover from the mess of the Hicks & Gillett era of ownership – he was following a legend in Kenny Dalglish into the Anfield hotseat. Combine all that and you soon get an idea of the enormity of the task the Northern Irishman faced when he walked through the doors on Merseyside.

He may have had a slow start, fans may have doubted him, but in the second half of his first season there were signs of progress. Sides that were much lower down the table were getting dispatched with ease rather than the Reds struggling to get the win or any salvaging a point.

And that was taking into this season as Liverpool somehow mounted a title challenge. This season has seen a Liverpool manager willing to take risks that has got the side into the position. At the age of 41, he still has plenty to learn, plenty of football to watch to continuously mould the side into a way that he wants to play, and one that is effective.

There is also a relatively young side at his disposal. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan amongst others all have a way to go before they reach what is regarded as their prime.

He is at the same stage of managing Liverpool Football Club in terms of development as these players are. If they are making such rapid progress having been seventh one season and title challengers the next, and with that comes a return to the Champions League, who knows what they can achieve?

Though some will have been in despair after Monday’s result at Selhurst Park, this is the ideal tonic as Rodgers, in his own words, looks to build something ‘sustainable’ over the next four years, and maybe beyond.

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