Rodgers is safe, but must improve


The 42-year-old met chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group chief executive Mike Gordon yesterday to review a season which saw last year’s Barclays Premier League runners-up fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Those talks have been described as ‘progressive’ and Rodgers, whose future was in doubt, will stay. Sportsmail understands a full review of the campaign was undertaken and an agreement was reached that improvements must be made.

A comprehensive battle plan for next season was drawn up and all sides agreed to move forward together, with Rodgers staying in charge.

The decision to stick with the Northern Irishman comes after it had been reported he would face severe questioning as to how a club who were on the verge of winning the title last season have regressed.

After selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool ended the season in sixth place, exited the Champions League at the group stage and bowed out of the last 32 of the Europa League. They also lost in the semi-finals of both the FA and Capital One Cups.

After his side’s final-day 6-1 humiliation at Stoke, Rodgers had said: ‘If the owners want me to go, then I go.’

Werner, who arrived in Liverpool on Monday, also had the signature of main target James Milner high on his agenda. The 29-year-old, who has had talks with Liverpool, looks set to leave Manchester City on a free transfer. Arsenal are also interested but Milner favours Liverpool because of the prospect of playing more in central midfield and Anfield bosses hope to tie up a deal this week.

Burnley forward Danny Ings is also set for a move to Anfield while Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is another possible target. – Daily Mail

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