Tottenham Hotspur were believed to want the Irishman to replace the recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas in the White Hart Lane dugout next summer.
Liverpool owners the Fenway Sports Group are ready to hand in-demand head coach Brendan Rodgers a new bumper contract in order to both reward the young Northern Irishman for the outstanding start to the new campaign that the club have made so far this season, as well as to ward off any potential interest in the manager from rival Premier League clubs, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The Merseyside giants are currently sitting joint top of the Premier League alongside Arsenal as the halfway point of the campaign is nearly reached, and this despite the fact that the new man at the helm was asked to slash the club’s massive wage bill by offloading a number of well-paid, but under-performing, star players when he first agreed to replace previous boss Kenny Dalglish in the Anfield hot seat in the summer of 2012.
And as a result of the surprisingly quick success that the 40-year-old has managed to achieve in the space of just 18 months on Merseyside, the club’s American owners are now said to be preparing a two-and-a-half-year extension to keep Rodgers at Anfield until at least the end of the 2015-16 campaign, while the coach will also see his salary rise to £2m a year in his new contract.