The Premier League runner-up has given manager Brendan Rodgers a long-term contract deal. The Liverpool boss is reportedly on a deal that will keep him at Anfield until the summer of 2018. The League Managers’ Association named Rodgers the Manager of the Year after a successful season with the Reds. It is the on-field success and Rodgers’ class that make this the right move for Liverpool.
Although Liverpool stumbled at the end of the season, they will return to the Champions League after a four-year absence. They finished two points behind Manchester City in what was a battle to win their first Premier League title since 1990. Liverpool were also one of the most exciting clubs to watch as they had a scoring machine on the pitch.
Keeping Luis Suarez was a grand feat that Rodgers was able to pull off. Suarez was ready to leave last summer amidst rumors of harsh treatments from fans and media. Rodgers was able to convince the striker to stay, and Suarez had one of the best goal-scoring seasons in years.
The success on the field is easy to understand given Rodgers’ demeanor. He is always calm and shows class. Even if he is frank about his team’s performance, he does it in a graceful manner. At the service for the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy Rodgers was emotional and powerful. He called it a privilege to speak at the ceremony and continued to remain humble. One of his best statements at the memorial was that “you don’t struggle for inspiration when you are the Liverpool Football manager.”
The statement released by principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner seemed to acknowledge the success on the field while thanking Rodgers for the way he handles himself. Liverpool is in good hands with Rodgers. The players have bought into his philosophy and he has shown his leadership abilities. Rodgers’ success and demeanor make him easy to root for, even if the Reds are not your team.