Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has called on owners Fenway Sports Group not to waste any time in giving manager Brendan Rodgers a new contract.
The Reds boss has just over a year left on his current agreement, although there is an option for a 12-month extension. Such has been the progress this year it seems inevitable the Northern Irishman will be rewarded with a longer, more lucrative deal. Sunday’s 3-0 demolition of arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford was just another indicator of the strides being made.
That the club find themselves in a title race less than two years after Rodgers took over with the Reds in eighth is a remarkable feat and while the manager himself is remaining cool on their bid for the championship and his new contract, Gerrard is in no doubt.
"He has been a revelation. He keeps tinkering and tweaking formations, making little changes to personnel and pulls it off," said the England captain. "He is a young coach who has earned the right to become Liverpool manager and from week to week he is improving and he has been an absolute breath of fresh air to this club."
Gerrard added: "I am learning off him every day. He has been fantastic for myself and I am sure the (other) players will echo what I am saying. We are absolutely delighted he is here and I just hope there is a lot of movement in Boston (the home of principal owner John W Henry) now as we speak because they have got to get him signed up as soon as possible. When players are in this situation with a year to go you want to keep hold of them so desperately, the club react really quickly and get it sorted, and for me I think he deserves a very long contract here and I think he is perfect for this club."
Rodgers faced a testing six months when he took over from club icon Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 2012 but since January last year the club have been on an upward curve which shows no signs of slowing. Gerrard thinks the belief he has given the squad has been key.
"He manages every single player. He knows we have different characters in the dressing room," added the 33-year-old. "His one-on-one management is the best I have known. He makes you go out on to the pitch feeling a million dollars, full of confidence and belief. When you play for Liverpool you have to accept pressure, take it on the chin and perform, but when you have a manager who is making you feel good and who is not scared of giving you a good one-to-one telling off as well he has the perfect ingredients."