Brendan Rodgers hopes to earn the ‘respect’ of Liverpool fans
Brendan Rodgers hopes to "earn the respect" of Liverpool fans after being unveiled as the club's new manager on Friday
Brendan Rodgers vowed to win over the full support of Liverpool fans after he was unveiled as the Anfield club’s new manager on Friday.
Rodgers’ appointment on a three-year deal has been met with a mixed reaction from Reds supporters following Kenny Dalglish’s dismissal earlier this month.
But the former Swansea City boss is confident he can deliver success in his new role – but admitted it will take time to implement his plans in what he sees as a “long-term situation”.
“I promise I’ll fight for my life and for the people in this city,” said Rodgers at his unveiling at Anfield on Friday.
“Hopefully over time I will earn that respect. If you can have success, hopefully you can be here for many years. It’s a really special club. I’m really looking forward to moving here to the city.
“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 is about the principles of the club, which is to play attractive football. The realism is that we might not be ready for the title now. But the process begins now.”
Rodgers had initially turned down approaches from Liverpool, with the club also interested in Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez.
But the Northern Irishman insists it was an “easy decision” once it was made clear that he was the Anfield club’s first choice.
“Once I found out I was the number one target, it was an easy decision,” he continued. “Even though I’m young in age, I have been coaching and working in football for 20 years.
“At Chelsea I had the experience of working with big players. Kenny Dalglish was the manager here at 34 and resigned at 39. He won three league titles and two FA Cups.
“Whether you’re a League Two player or a top Premier League player, it is about respect. I was never a big player. I had to go down a different field of earning respect on the coaching pitch.”