Brendan Rodgers has agreed a new deal to stay on as Liverpool manager until at least 2018, according to reports on Tuesday night.
The Liverpool boss’ current contract expires in summer 2015, but has been rewarded by the club’s owners for the remarkable progress of the club under him.
Since he swapped Swansea City for Liverpool in 2012, replacing club legend Kenny Dalglish, Rodgers has lead the Reds from a mediocre side finish eighth in the Premier League to at least a top three finish this season.
Although it is yet to be signed, it is understood that the contract in principle has been agreed which will keep Rodgers on Merseyside until at least 2018. Unlike the four-year deal he signed on joining Liverpool from Swansea City two years ago, the final year of this one is not “optional” depending on his performance. The removal of that safeguard is a symbolic acknowledgement that John W Henry knows he appointed the right man and wants him to lead the club into a prolonged new era.
The news comes in the build-up to the final game of the season against Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday, and amid two disappointing results — defeat to Chelsea last week and Monday night’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.
Just last week, Rodgers spoke of being “sure” over signing a new deal to prolong his stay at Anfield.
“There is nothing really [planned] until the end of the season, but there is no doubt that at some point we will agree another deal,” he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying. “I am sure of that.”
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At the club’s award ceremony on Tuesday night, Rodgers was awarded the Outstanding Achievement award, much to the delight of the onlooking players, staff and fans.
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