Liverpool boss Rodgers wants to find ‘next Gerrard and Rooney’
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers says he wants to unearth the next Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney in the Merseyside area
Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his desire to discover the next Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney to ensure the core of Liverpool’s squad comes from the Merseyside area.
The 18-time English champions have a rich history of producing prodigious talents through their academy, including the likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen.
Their most famous Scouse duo of the Premier League era is without doubt Jamie Carragher and Gerrard, who have both played key roles in their Champions League and FA Cup triumphs in 2005 and 2006.
Rodgers, who replaced Kenny Dalglish last summer, has not hesitated to blood some of the club’s promising youngsters this season, with Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom particularly impressing.
But the Northern Irishman is keen to unearth more rough diamonds from the Liverpool area to guarantee the club is driven forward by local talent.
“My big thing is getting in young players in here from the local area, here in Liverpool, from Liverpool,” Rodgers said.
“If you look at the history here – the Carragher, the Gerrard, the McManaman, the Fowler, the Owen – and you name me the best two players in England in the last six or seven years?
“Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney – they’re Scousers. One is from that part of the city and the other from that part. So you are not telling me there are not top young talents in Liverpool.
“It is sexy to look in Spain and I am one who loves working with European players and I love working with the talents and all my life I have worked with players from different parts of the world.
“But we mustn’t forget what is on our doorstep and, for me, this is a hotbed for footballers who have a passion, hunger and incredible qualities. That is a massive part of my job and something we are trying to put in place.”