BRENDAN RODGERS is determined to fend off interest in Liverpool centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger as he looks to tie them down to new deals.
The Reds boss, who also confirmed there has been “good dialogue” with striker Luis Suarez over a contract extension, has held positive talks with both defenders.
Skrtel and Agger, whose current deals expire in 2014, have been linked with moves elsewhere this summer but Rodgers is confident they will remain at Anfield and believes the duo are key to Liverpool’s future.
“I met Martin for the first time on Saturday and he’s a good guy,” said Rodgers.
“I am looking forward to working with him, likewise Daniel. I had a good feeling after I spoke to him. He is very committed to the cause. He has made it very clear that he wants to be here, fighting and working to make the club better.
“These are issues that we will look to find solutions to in the coming months.
“People always talk about the players coming but what is important are the ones you already have. I look at this group and I see a really good group of players.”
Rodgers, who recently dismissed speculation linking Suarez with a move this summer, has reiterated that the Uruguayan striker is happy at Anfield.
Suarez will miss the build up to the new season as he’s playing in the Olympics but the boss remains in regular contact with him.
“I have had a good conversation with Luis over the phone,” Rodgers added.
“From the outset, he has seemed a really good guy. He loves the city and the passion.
“We have exchanged lots of texts. He sent me a text on the first morning, wishing me good luck.
“He has really bought in to what we are trying to do.
“He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year.
“He is really keen and looking forward to playing in a similar sort of model.”
Suarez has made a huge impact since arriving for £22.8million from Ajax in January 2011.
He is under contract until 2016 but Liverpool are keen to reward him with an improved deal and talks with his representatives are still ongoing.
Rodgers said: “There has been good dialogue.
“I would hope going forward that we can close that out. “