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Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool deal likely to be four years

Brendan Rodgers is to be rewarded for Liverpool’s performance under his management with a four-year contract — even if they fail to win the Premier League title.

Indeed it is understood that his future at Anfield was secured even before results in the last week allowed Manchester City to take control of the title race.

Although it has yet to be signed, a deal that will keep Rodgers at Liverpool until 2018 has been agreed in principle with the club’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group.

The Ulsterman has another season left to run on the three-year contract that he signed when he joined the Reds from Swansea in 2012, but John W Henry has been keen to show his support for the manager with a lucrative new contract and the terms of the four-year deal will place him among the highest paid managers in the game.

Henry has been impressed with the team’s style of football, how Rodgers transformed their fortunes after finishing seventh last season to become serious title contenders this time around.

It is also understood that he was set a target of 76 points, which they passed even before the recent defeat to Chelsea and Monday night’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile Steven Gerrard believes striker Luis Suarez is the player who will ensure Liverpool have more highs than lows in the coming years.

The Uruguay international was in tears after the Reds squandered a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes to go at Palace to draw and hand the title-race initiative to City.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are one point behind Liverpool, still top of the table, but have a superior goal difference with two matches to play.

Suarez has been brilliant for his side this season, scoring 31 league goals and deservedly winning both the Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' player of the year awards.

At the club's own awards dinner he claimed another hat-trick for the season with three trophies for goal of the season, players' player of the year and player of the year, voted for by fans.

And Gerrard led the praise of the 27-year-old.

“Luis seems to be cleaning up at the moment, he's won everything, and we are lucky to have such a world-class talent like Luis playing here with us and helping us to great things and be successful,” said the England captain.

“He’s out there by a big distance as the best player I have played with. This fella can do the lot, he is different to most footballers. He is a winner who is doesn't give up.”

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