Anfield chiefs back Brendan Rodgers to bring back the glory days

Liverpool chiefs are confident Brendan Rodgers can bring back the glory days
Liverpool chiefs are confident Brendan Rodgers can bring back the glory days

Liverpool’s hierarchy believe Carnlough native Brendan Rodgers is the man to lead the Reds into the future.

Rodgers has agreed a long-term deal to remain as boss at Anfield.

Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Barclays Premier League title last season, but secured their place in the Champions League.

Owners Fenway Sports Group have been impressed not only with the way Rodgers has improved the team without the need for numerous and expensive signings but with the manner in which he has handled himself during his two years in charge.

In a joint statement principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner said: “We are very fortunate to have a hugely-talented individual leading our football performance and in whom we place our trust to deliver the vision we share for Liverpool Football Club.

“Brendan is at the heart of what we, as an ownership group, are trying to achieve on the pitch.

“This season has reaffirmed everyone’s belief that we can bring football success to Liverpool and we are all committed to working together to achieve that.”

Rodgers has always been quick to pay tribute to the support he has received from the American owners.

“I’m a great admirer of theirs and their honesty and how they have given me the opportunity to be here,” he added.

“That has been key for me because, as a young manager coming into such a prestigious club, I was going to need that time to implement the ideas that I wanted to.

“One of the big reasons I came to Liverpool was because of them and hopefully they feel vindicated because of the work we have carried out over the last two years.”

Planning for summer transfers continues but progress is slow in talks with Southampton for midfielder Adam Lallana, although Liverpool have been offered some encouragement in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can despite the presence of a Bayern Munich buy-back clause.

“We’re all working hard still in terms of looking to get players in,” said Rodgers.

“Of course, at the club, where we are now the signings are complex; they are not all simple signings.

“But we need to strengthen up the squad and that’s something that we’re working hard to do over the next number of weeks.”