By Kevin Koczwara
On the back of leading Liverpool back into the Champions League and points away from winning the club’s first league title since the dawn of the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers has signed a new longterm contract with the club. His contract is reported to be a new four-year deal that will keep him at Anfield through 2018.
“It’s a huge privilege for me to manage this club and to have been offered the opportunity to carry on with the work I have been doing over the last couple of years. It leaves me hugely honoured,” Rodgers told the team’s official website. “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to continue what has been a really exciting time for the club. We’ll look to move forward again next season and over the coming seasons.”
Rodgers has seen an overhaul in the team’s performances since he took over for Kenny Dalglish after the 2011-12 season and the club repaid him with a new contract. In his first season in charge, the Northern Irishman lead the team to a seventh place finish in the league, but after a tumultuous summer ahead of the 2013-14 season where the team’s leading goalscorer and creative mastermind Luis Suarez almost left for Arsenal, Rodgers guided Liverpool to a remarkable second-place finish, which means a return to the Champions League next season — after a five years absence from the tournament — and the lucrative money that comes with Europe’s elite competition.
“We are very fortunate to have a hugely talented individual leading our football performance and in whom we place our trust to deliver the vision we share for Liverpool Football Club,” Principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner said in a joint statement. “Brendan is at the heart of what we, as an ownership group, are trying to achieve on the pitch. This season has reaffirmed everyone’s belief that we can bring football success to Liverpool and we are all committed to working together to achieve that.
“Players and supporters have made it clear how important Brendan is to our success and so to have him commit to us for the long term is a great boost for everyone going forward,” the statement continued.
The Liverpool Echo reports that now that his contract is sorted, Rodgers will begin to focus on bringing in new recruits for next season’s campaign, which will be longer and more strenuous thanks to the Champions League.
“Obviously it’s the off-season and we have the World Cup and other various things going on. People need to refresh and have a break because we have a long season ahead next season,” Rodgers said. “But in the meantime, we’re still working on signings, the staff behind the scenes, myself, the recruitment team, Ian Ayre – we’re all working hard still in terms of looking to get players in. Of course, at the club, where we are now, the signings are complex; they are not all simple signings. But we need to strengthen up the squad and that’s something that we’re working hard to do over the next number of weeks.”