Irishman agreed contract extension on Monday.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers says that the Merseyside giants will start concentrating on finalising their “complex” transfer plans for next season now that the Northern Irishman has completed his own contract negotiations with the club, according to reports in the Liverpool Echo.
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Rodgers, 41, agreed to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with the Reds on Monday that now sees the highly rated trainer tied to Anfield until June 2018.
And now that Rodgers and last season’s Premier League runners-up have managed to complete those contract discussions, the club can now push ahead with their various transfer plans for the new season when the Merseysiders will be competing at both home as well as in the Uefa Champions League too.
As a result, it is understood that Rodgers is now lining up summer deals for the likes of Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, the Southampton duo of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren and Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can.
And Rodgers has admitted that Liverpool now have a lot of work to do in order to be able to seal all those deals this summer.
“Obviously it’s the off-season and we have the World Cup and other various things going on,” Rodgers said.
“People need to refresh and have a break because we have a long season ahead next season.
“But in the meantime, we’re still working on signings, the staff behind the scenes, myself, the recruitment team, Ian Ayre – we’re all working hard still in terms of looking to get players in. Of course, at the club, where we are now, the signings are complex; they are not all simple signings.
“But we need to strengthen up the squad and that’s something that we’re working hard to do over the next number of weeks.”