Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, believes he still has work to do to convince his board that his long-term future is at Anfield.
Although Rodgers has been earning plaudits for the revival he has overseen on Merseyside, he has just 18 months remaining on the Liverpool contract he signed in 2012.

Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, always planned to review progress during Rodgers’s reign and if he succeeds in leading the club back into the Champions League it is inevitable the Northern Irishman will be rewarded.

The hierarchy has seen no reason to rush into negotiations and create an unnecessary distraction during a period of stability.
The last time a Liverpool manager was involved in contract negotiations in midseason, during the 2008-09 campaign, it dragged on for months and caused a weekly circus around the club to the detriment of a title challenge. The owners have shown throughout their reign they are aware of previous errors of former regimes and do not intend repeating them.

Rodgers revealed the club have an option to extend his three-year deal by one more season, but he will earn fresh terms should the rate of improvement be maintained.

Asked what conversations there have been on his future, Rodgers replied: “Nothing whatsoever. I have, after this year, one more year to go. I have always said when I came I am very happy here and we’re just over halfway through that contract and it is not something that comes into my thinking.

“If I never get offered one I would give my life to the last day of that contract. In the meantime, until anyone says otherwise or wants to reward the staff or myself for our work, then we keep working as normal and see where it takes us.