‘Brendan Rodgers took a year to understand Liverpool’s size’

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre believes it took manager Brendan Rodgers a year to come to terms with the club's size

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Brendan Rodgers has already made four signings this summer Photo: Back Page Images

Ian Ayre has hailed Brendan Rodgers as a “fantastic person” to work with – but the managing director says the Liverpool boss to a year to understand the size of the club.

The 40-year-old Northern Irishman replaced Kenny Dalglish as the Reds manager in May 2012, leading the Merseyside outfit to a seventh-place finish in his first campaign at Anfield.

Rodgers has restored a sense of positivity to the Reds after a series of scintillating performances in the final half of the campaign, and Ayre is optimistic about the club’s prospects this term.

“Brendan is a fantastic person to work with,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo. “He’s quite infectious, a great person to spend time with and he’s very personable with the players.

“One of the things I see him do on the odd occasion I go up to Melwood is he zeroes in on individuals around training. At the end of training he will go round and speak to everybody.

“I think it took him most of last year to understand the size of Liverpool Football Club – and he said some of this himself in the final couple of months of last season.

“I think coming from Swansea as an ambitious, young, successful manager and stepping into the Liverpool club was overwhelming in terms of size – certainly not in terms of his ability – and I think he felt that as he went through the season he got more and more used to that.

“There’s all sorts of elements to it and he had a fantastic second half of the season. He never stops working, is always on the phone, very collaborative and we work great as a team here so we’re very optimistic about this year.

“We’ve made some good investments in the transfer window and we will continue to look at that until the end of August.”

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