Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool will be opening contract negotiations very soon, and if the latest rumours are to be believed, the Reds' manager is banking on his recent success running the team resulting in some additional perks moving forward.
According to The Mirror's Simon Mullock, Rodgers will be demanding more control over the club's transfer strategies, and owners Fenway Sports would be wise to give the manager exactly what he wants.
Per Mullock, Liverpool currently use a committee approach, as is common amongst American sports teams who often employ entire teams of managers and people involved with the recruitment process.
But Rodgers' stock is soaring as Liverpool have returned amongst the top teams in the English Premier League, and with his contract set to end in 2015, the manager is now looking to change the way the team have handled their transfer affairs so far.
Since Rodgers took control of the club, Liverpool's transfer success has been reasonable. Excellent contributors like Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho have joined the club under his watch but plenty of the transfer arrivals were youthful players on which the team has yet to see any return.
One could argue Rodgers hasn't done enough to warrant added responsibilities in the transfer market, but the Reds' return to the EPL's elite during his tenure should be enough for Fenway Sports to realise his importance and give in to his demands.
After all, Rodgers has this team in position to win the EPL title for the first time in 24 long years and in an age where oil tycoons dominate the world of football, what the Reds' manager has been able to do with a relatively limited budget and a young, inexperienced squad is quite simply unbelievable.
But the fact remains that Liverpool are clearly heading in the right direction under Rodgers, looking a more fluid, intelligent and cohesive unit, and climbing up the table.
(...) His tactics worked. Four goals up within 19 minutes, Liverpool fans were chanting “there’s only one Brendan Rodgers”. He has transformed the team, individually and collectively.
(...)It is the tactical intelligence, the hunting of the ball in packs, the pace on the counter, the numbers in the middle and the relentless working for the cause, particularly the wide players like Suárez and Sterling tracking back, that is the Rodgers’s way.
Liverpool have found their man, the manager they've been looking for. If sports are all about results, Rodgers has done enough to warrant an even bigger role with the club.
The Reds' simply can't afford to lose their manager, and with several other top teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid potentially looking at new managers, Rodgers will be negotiating from a position of strength.
As reported by The Daily Star's Garry Doyle, Robbie Fowler is one of many who feels the club must do whatever they can to sign Rodgers to a new deal as soon as possible:
Brendan has a bit of everything about him. Tactically he is very good, his man-management skills are brilliant and the bottom line is that he has got results.
(...) So if I was in charge of Liverpool, I would sort the manager’s future out right now.
Liverpool's youth revolution has been a successful one so far, and even with a budget considerably smaller than that of rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, the transfer team Rodgers was a part of was still able to put together a squad capable of challenging for the EPL title.
That same squad also seems set for a bright future beyond this season, indicating Rodgers has the right kind of vision to be in the transfer market on his own. Per Transfermarkt, the average age of the group of players the club brought in last season was 22.4 years old.
With the added incoming funds of the UEFA Champions League and the higher profile that tournament will bring to the club, all ingredients are there for the Reds to have a very strong summer transfer window.
And if Rodgers wants to run the transfer department during that transfer period, the club should give in to those demands. Liverpool can't afford to lose him, and Rodgers hasn't given any indication he wouldn't be up to the task.