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Rodgers had 12 months left on his current deal, has been rewarded with a new long term deal after leading the club back to Champions League. Liverpool finished second under Rodgers lasts season just two points behind Manchester City. The former Swansea boss joined Liverpool in June 2012 and has impressed the owners. Fenway Sports Group are also impressed with the way Rodgers dealt with the Luis Suarez saga last summer and managed to keep the star forward at Liverpool.
Principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner today jointly said: “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.
“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.”
Rodgers feels “honoured” to lead a club like Liverpool, wants to continue the good work he has done in the last two years and has promised the Liverpool fans the next phase will be “exciting” and “rewarding”.
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“I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club,” said Rodgers. “I am very happy to build on the foundations we have built over the last two years and now we move onto the next phase which I believe will be as exciting, challenging and rewarding.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to the players and staff, who have been absolutely brilliant for me since the day I started at this great football club. I am grateful to our owners and senior management team who have supported me and who share my vision of how we can progress on the field.
“Finally, I must thank the supporters who are at the heart of everything we do here. I am honoured every day to lead this team and I thank the fans for their continued support as together we strive to bring success back to Liverpool.”
Rodgers also revealed that the club is working hard to bring the right players and the signings are “complex”.
Rodgers:”That’s the idea. 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.
“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.”
Rodgers will be hoping to add 5-6 players to his squad, with Liverpool working hard to bring Adam Lallana and Emre Can to Anfield. Loic Remy, Xherdan Shaqiri, Steven Caulker and Dejan Lovren are all in Rodgers’ shopping list.