Rodgers signs a new contract

The Northern Echo: ANFIELD STAY: Brendan Rodgers ANFIELD STAY: Brendan Rodgers

MANAGER Brendan Rodgers is targeting re-establishing Liverpool as one of Europe’s leading clubs after committing his long-term future to Anfield.

The Northern Irishman has signed the new deal, believed to take him through to 2018, which has been on the table since earlier in the season when the progress made under him began to transform into a title challenge.

While the Reds ultimately came up just short in the battle with Manchester City, a return to the Champions League is an important milestone and Rodgers believes it can provide the base for something even bigger.

“We’ll now move into the next phase. We’re into the Champions League. Our dream and goal is to win the Barclays Premier League – that’s what we want to do,”

said the 41-year-old.

“We’ve shown this season that we can compete for that.

With some new additions in the summer we believe that we can fight again.

“The objective for me was to try to get Liverpool established again as one of the leading clubs in European and domestic football and we’re on course for that.

“We’ll look to move forward again next season and over the coming seasons.”

Rodgers had one year remaining on his current deal, with the option for a further 12-month extension, but developments this season guaranteed him new and improved terms.

Talk of the new contract began three months ago but Rodgers put any negotiations on hold, knowing full well the offer was there and he would accept it, in order to concentrate on the title run-in.

Planning for summer transfers continues but progress is slow in talks with Southampton for midfielder Adam Lallana, although Liverpool have been offered some encouragement in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can despite the presence of a Bayern Munich buy-back clause.

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