Brendan Rodgers agrees 'comprehensive plan' to stay at Liverpool
By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Brendan Rodgers has agreed to a ‘comprehensive plan for improvement’ to remain as Liverpool manager for a fourth season following showdown talks on Tuesday, Football Insider sources understand.
Constructive discussions were said to have taken place between Rodgers and club chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon at an end-of-season review in the city.
The northern Irishman will remain as Anfield boss but conditions have been put in place by his employers.
The primary focus during two hours of talks was how to improve the team next season, with a ‘comprehensive plan for improvement’ formulated by the two parties.
Rodgers spoke openly after Liverpool’s humiliating 6-1 final day to defeat to Stoke City, admitting it was inevitable serious questions would be asked about his role.
Privately, Liverpool refuted suggestions the outcome of an end-of-season review would end in dismissal although it is understood approaches were made to Jurgen Klopp and Rafael Benitez as well as a third un-named manager.
Klopp has announced he will take a sabbatical from football following the end of his Borussia Dortmund reign, while Benitez is to be the new Real Madrid boss.
Liverpool will now press ahead with plans to overhaul their squad this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider, the club have reached an agreement on Tuesday with James Milner for the midfielder to join the club, and they are also close to clinching the signing of Danny Ings after agreeing personal terms with the Burnley striker.
The Merseysiders are also preparing a second bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, and are set to make a formal move for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke.