The Guardian is reporting that Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers, whose team dropped two crucial points Cyrstal Palace on Monday that could see it lose the Premier League title, has agreed in principle to a new contract with the club’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, that would tie him to Anfield until 2018. Rodgers signed a three-year deal with the option for a fourth when he replaced Kenny Dalglish as coach of Liverpool in 2012.
According to the report, the decision to extend the 41-year-old’s tenure has been straightforward, considering the club’s rise from seventh-place last season to top of the Premier League this season with less than a week to go. In fact, it was Rodgers himself who delayed talks about his future in order to focus on the club’s ambition of reaching the UEFA Champions League next season, which it has already achieved.
Meanwhile, despite conceding the title to Manchester City following his team’s late collapse at Selhurst Park on Monday, Rodgers, speaking at Liverpool’s end of season awards, revealed that he has not given up hope of another twist. "The players have been incredible and they have allowed the supporters to dream," he said. "To be the club that is top of the league by one point with one week to go, and you never know what might happen, has taken a huge effort. The only thing I will promise is that while I am here we'll fight for our lives. Our season doesn't finish until after Newcastle."
He added: "I would also like to thank the owners and the executive team for what they have done for me since I have been here. They brought a young manager of 39 into one of the biggest clubs in the world and gave me the chance to develop the vision of football that I have. If it wasn't for their faith in me I probably wouldn't be here given the pressures of modern football."