Irishman’s deal at Anfield expires in 18 months’ time.
La Liga champions FC Barcelona are hoping to be able to take advantage of the current uncertainty surrounding the future of highly rated young Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers by swooping for the Northern Irishman at the end of the season to replace their own manager Tata Martino, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The in-demand Reds boss has a contract with the Merseyside giants that now only runs until June 2015 and as yet, the Premier League club’s America owners, the Fenway Sports Group, have not sat down with Rodgers to discuss extending his stay at Anfield.
As a result, rumours have begun to circulate of late linking Rodgers with a number of big-name clubs, both in the Premier League and across the Continent too.
And now with the future of Barca’s boss under huge doubt, it is believed that the Catalans are keen to replace Martino with the Spanish-speaking Rodgers this summer, although the Irishman was recently adamant that he wanted to stay with Liverpool.
“I am happy here,” he said. “It is an incredible club – I love being the manager here.
”I haven’t got an agent so I don’t have someone pumping stories out there about me not being happy. There will be plenty of time, come the end of the season, to sit down and talk about a new deal.”