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Monday 26 May 2014

Liverpool manager Rodgers signs new 'long-term' deal

Brendan Rodgers commits to Liverpool after leading them to second in Barclays Premier League

Brendan Rodgers has transformed Liverpool in two years at Anfield

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new “long-term” deal to stay at Anfield, the club have announced.

After arriving in the summer of 2012, Rodgers steered Liverpool in the season just finished to within two points of a first league title for 24 years. Finishing second in the Barclays Premier League, Rodgers’ Liverpool demonstrated an exciting style of play that enthralled fans with more than 100 goals scored. Such a transformation to a side who finished seventh in the 2012/13 to one who qualified for the UEFA Champions League helped Rodgers to be voted the manager of the year by users to premierleague.com this month.

"Now we move onto the next phase which I believe will be as exciting, challenging and rewarding"
Brendan Rodgers

"I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club,” Rodgers, 41, told the Liverpool website. "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 Football Club."

Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner expressed their pleasure at Rodgers signing a new deal.

"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,” they said in a 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."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers signs new deal at the club
  • The 41-year-old guided the club back into the UEFA Champions League
  • Rodgers was voted the manager of the 2013/14 season by premierleague.com users