Several national newspapers ran with the news yesterday that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had agreed a new deal in principle to stay with the club.
Rodgers has maintained throughout the season that he thought a new contract was a formality but he didn’t want to discuss it as Liverpool tried to get into the Champions League.
Now that’s been achieved and the side’s Premier League title chances have grown thin, news has started to emerge over a new contract which will keep Rodgers tied down to Anfield for the foreseeable future.
Those reports that broke yesterday suggest that the boss’ new contract will keep him in place until 2018, a three-year extension on his current deal which was due to expire next summer.
Rodgers has down so many great things with Liverpool this season that it’s difficult knowing where to start.
Firstly, he’s bought well, with the prime example of good transfer business coming in the form of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho who would command well over £50 million if they were both sold right now.
Secondly, the boss was key in getting Luis Suarez to commit to a new contract earlier this season.
Suarez signed his new deal when there was no guarantee of a top four place and the striker’s tears following the Crystal Palace draw demonstrate just how much it means to him to be playing for Liverpool at the moment.
Thirdly, his man management skills have been world class and have seen him turnaround the fortunes of several players.
Jordan Henderson is a great example of a player who could well have left Liverpool last season, only to become one of their most important players in a campaign which will be remembered for years.
Liverpool have bypassed all sorts of speculation and rumours this summer by getting something signed with Rodgers and the club’s fans are unsurprisingly delighted with the news.
Brendan Rodgers has impressed since 1st day as #LFC manager. Forward-thinking & allows football, not ego, to dominate. New contract deserved— Richard Buxton (@Richard_Buxton_) May 7, 2014
I'm raising a glass to the gaffer. He gave us back our pride and competitive edge. #Rodgers— Steve (@SteveMcVeigh123) May 7, 2014