Brendan Rodgers: I will get Liverpool playing winning football
Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool to play attacking football that is "full of imagination" but insists getting positive results is key
Brendan Rodgers has vowed to get Liverpool playing “winning football” which the new Reds manager hopes will keep the supporters entertained.
The 39-year-old replaced Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in May after masterminding Swansea City’s return to the English top flight in 2011.
Rodgers’ Swans outfit earned many plaudits for their possession-based style of play last term – and the Northern Irishman wants Liverpool to adopt a similar policy, but insisted getting positive results was a priority.
“The game will be based around what Liverpool are about, which is control, dominating games with the ball, working very hard when you haven’t got the ball, and keeping the game as simple as possible,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“Of course I’ll bring in a certain philosophy which I’m attached to, but the principles of your game are based around the players.
“I suppose the Tiki-Taka football has come from Barcelona and that Spanish version. It probably came up with the players at Swansea, who referred to it a lot in our training and our work on having the ball and resting on the ball.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Tiki-Taka football or possession football – the supporters and all of us want winning football. That’s what the philosophy will be about.
“It will be about playing attractive, attacking football full of imagination. For me the best thing about the game other than scoring goals is having the football, and that’ll be the idea and the fundamentals we’ll work on – but they are playing ultimately to win.
“We’re in the business of winning and hopefully we can entertain along the way.”
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