Benitez plans for the future

Rafa Benitez is set to offer no less than five players a new improved contract in the coming weeks.

Safely through to the Champions League final for a second time in the last three seasons, the spaniard is determined to keep hold of some of his key performers.

Most noticable is of course Steven Gerrard’s contract talks, with the England ace reportedly keen to commit his long-term future to the Anfield outfit.

Xabi Alonso, Steve Finnan, Jamie Carragher and penalty-hero Jose Reina will also be entering into talks in the immediate future.

With Benitez set to go on a spending spree in the summer, fans and players alike are hoping to challenge for the Premier League title next season. And with the potential already there, perhaps the most important signings will come from within.