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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says he is happy to leave Brendan Rodgers’ contract talks until the summer as he doesn’t want to distract the boss from his side’s title challenge.
A run of eight league wins has seen the Reds move to the top of the Premier League table and with six matches left they are currently 2.85 to win the championship for the first time since 1990.
Despite the manager himself saying he is happy at Anfield, his success hasn’t gone unnoticed with rumours linking him with a possible move to Spanish giants Barcelona, should they dismiss current coach Tata Martino.
This Sunday sees Liverpool travel to the capital to take on West Ham in a game they will expect to win before a match that could define their title challenge when they host Manchester City, who are the 1.72 favourites for the Premier League crown, next weekend.
After that they are also due to welcome Chelsea to Anfield and winning this season’s Premier League could signal a return to the glory days of the 70s and 80s.
Despite all the off-field speculation, Ayre says everyone at the club is only thinking about matters on the pitch and is happy to leave the manager’s contract talks until the summer.
“It’s never been an issue. We will have our own dialogue at the appropriate time, we will have that discussion. Right now isn’t the time,” Ayre told Sky Sports News.
“We don’t want a distraction. That’s a private matter. I know Brendan, myself and the owners are all very comfortable with that.”