Rodgers will bring attacking flair to Liverpool, declares Werner
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner believes the "aggressive play" Brendan Rodgers will bring to Anfield will take the club forward
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is convinced Brendan Rodgers will bring a successful attacking style of play to Anfield after he was unveiled as the Reds’ new manager on Friday.
Rodgers takes the reigns from Kenny Dalglish, who was dismissed as Liverpool boss following a dismal end to the Premier League season as the Reds slumped to an eighth-place finish.
The 39-year-old signed a three-year deal at Anfield on Friday following days of intense speculation linking him with the vacant post.
“The style of football Brendan is associated with is exactly what we want to see at Anfield,” said Werner. “Aggressive, attacking play; Swansea were a revelation last season with their brand of entertaining football.
“But it’s not just what he has achieved in the last two years that has impressed us; he has dedicated his career to coaching, has studied the game all over Europe and he is the perfect person to take this club forward.
“Jose Mourinho brought him into his coaching staff at a time when Chelsea achieved two Premier League titles.
“We did speak to a number of people in the last few weeks but Brendan is the only person we made an offer to. He is the first choice and the right choice.”
Principal owner John Henry insisted the move to appoint Rodgers, who led Swansea City to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League last season, is part of a long-term project at Anfield.
He said: “Brendan Rodgers’ appointment today as manager of Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important steps we will take in building the kind of club on and off the pitch supporters can be excited about.”
“We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else. But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League championships. We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this historic club.
“Brendan’s comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club. He was the first choice unanimously among them and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Liverpool.”
Rodgers himself added: “Once I found out I was the number on target, it was an easy decision.
“Overall it is a long-term situation. That was important to me for a project that is over a number of years. For me it to defend the principles of the club which is to play attractive football.”