Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers wants to replicate Borussia Dortmund success
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to recreate Borussia Dortmund's success as he continues the Reds rebuilding job
Brendan Rodgers says he is drawing inspiration from Borussia Dortmund’s recent success in the Champions League as Liverpool look to continue their rebuilding job in the summer.
The Reds boss is not expected to be handed a significant transfer budget at the end of the season, having already spent almost £50m since replacing Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in May 2012.
Rodgers has invested largely in youth, with Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge all arriving over the past season and highlighting the manager’s long-term ambitions for the Reds.
And the 40-year-old is confident he can mould Liverpool into top-four challengers by making shrewd acquisitions and developing youth players, pointing to Borussia Dortmund, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, as an example.
“You can challenge [for the top four] without spending £80m in one summer,” Rodgers said.
“Look at the example of Borussia Dortmund. A team that won the Champions League and then struggled financially.
“They went out and rebuilt and it took them four to five years to push on. Then they won the league and their European work suffered.
“This year you can see they have put their focus on Europe and they have lost their title. That’s a team that has been growing over five years.”
He added: “Unless you have got the Manchester City or Chelsea money and just bring in £70m-£80m worth in one summer to add to a Champions League-winning group, you need a different way.
“I think this [Dortmund’s] is the best way because you are not just looking after the team but also the club.
“Of course, supporters will always look at the team but for me it’s bigger than that to have success. It’s about all aspects of the club, so that when you do arrive you are in a strong position.”