Liverpool will give Brendan Rodgers the largest summer transfer budget in the club’s history, as a reward for leading his team to the Champions League, claim sources.

According to the Mirror the Northern Irishman will be afforded an initial £60million with which to strengthen his squad, plus whatever he can raise from the sales of players currently on the club’s books. Following the win over Norwich at the weekend Liverpool are guaranteed at least a third placed finish in the Premier League, and so their participation in Europe’s elite competition has already been confirmed.

As such Rodgers has the full support and backing of the powers that be at Anfield, and the Mirror claim that the club want to give him the finances to make five big purchases. The £60million he will have to play with will be significantly boosted by the sales of first-team outcasts such as Pepe Reina and Sebastian Coates, and so it’s thought that he may well be left with upwards of £70million to spend.

The report in question speculates that both Yevhen Konoplyanka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are high on Rodgers’ wish list, but it’s likely they will be joined by others as the Reds look to build a squad capable of competing for major honours once more next year.

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