Posted: Monday 26th May 2014 at 15:41 pm

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers signs new long-term deal


Rodgers led Liverpool to the brink of their first top-flight title in 24 years earlier this month, with the Merseyside outfit eventually finishing second – just two points adrift of champions Manchester City.

A season that saw Liverpool amass 84 points and 101 goals from their 38 Premier League games far exceeded expectations, and they will compete in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in five years next season.

Rodgers – who took over from Kenny Dalglish in June 2012 – has subsequently been rewarded by the club’s hierarchy, and the Northern Irishman is thrilled to be staying at Anfield.

“I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club,” he told Liverpool’s official 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.”

Owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner are confident that securing Rodgers” long-term future will prove crucial for Liverpool as they strive to build on last season’s success.

“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,” Henry and Werner said.

“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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