Rodgers prepares Liverpool contract talks

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Brendan Rodgers will reward the remarkable success of Liverpool's young stars by dishing out lucrative new contracts, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Northern Irishman has already revealed last week that talks are underway to extend Raheem Sterling's deal, and the club are also set to open negotiations with emerging talents Suso and Andre Wisdom.

Liverpool's squad appeared threadbare in certain areas following the summer sales of a number of established Anfield stars, but the club's academy graduates have stepped up well.

"It's funny how things work out. Maybe it's fate," said Rodgers, who was left with just two senior strikers when the summer transfer window closed. "Maybe this is all part of the story. Sometimes things happen by design, others by necessity.

"Whichever way, the plan between the window closing and January was to see how many of the young, talented players are going to be able to come into our squad - and I've been very, very pleased by the impact they've made.

"They have played with no fear, but I always say young players will run through a barbed wire fence for you. You have seen that in games. It's also a great demonstration that with talent and spirit and belief and hard work what you can achieve, not matter how young you are."

Sterling was the first talented teenager to catch Rodgers' eye, before Suso - who turned down Real Madrid to join Liverpool - earned rave reviews for his first-team impact over the past few games.

He was handed his first Premier League start in the 5-2 victory against Norwich City on Saturday, and is ready to open talks over a new deal.

"He's in the last year of his contract, and it's something we will look at," added the manager. "We did have a couple of offers for Suso in the summer, but I always said I didn't want him to go.

"I felt we had a very good young player so let's keep him here and we will see where he is in a couple of years. We had offers for him to go abroad but he was keen to stay, he understood he was going to get a chance here.

"He is tactically very good, strong technically with the ball. He makes things happen. I love that type of player. Talent finds space. He is a real talent.

"He is in the reckoning and he is a good kid as well. I have noticed a big progression in him from the pre-season tour of America - I have seen a real difference in the last couple of months and he has got a good appetite for the game.

"He is on the same page in terms of the tactical idea for the team. If his fight matches his talent we will have a very good player."

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