LIVERPOOL, England — New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgersconceded he’ll have to earn respect at Anfield on being pluckedfrom relative obscurity on Friday after his successful spell atfellow English Premier League team Swansea. In arguably the most low-key managerial appointment made by thefallen English giants in a generation, the 39-year-old Rodgers waspreferred to Wigan manager Roberto Martinez despite having only oneseason’s experience in England’s top division. That year, however, proved to be a highly successful one, withSwansea finishing 11th in its first season in the Premier Leagueand earning plenty of admirers because of the Welsh team’sattractive, possession-based style of play. Liverpool chairman Tom Werner said Rodgers was a forward-thinkingcoach at the forefront of a generation of young managers and willbring to Liverpool attacking, relentless football. The Northern Irishman had a limited player career at home beforeembarking on a coaching career, becoming manager of the Readingacademy at just 22.
I was never the big player … I had to go down a different routewhich was on the coaching field and earning my respect that way, Rodgers said. Hopefully over time I’ll earn … respect (at Liverpool), headded. Rodgers will be charged with improving Liverpool’s fortunes in theleague after a disappointing eighth-place finish that was sealed bya 1-0 loss to Swansea on the final day of the season.
It was the 18-time English champions’ lowest league placing in 18years and saw them finish 17 points off a Champions Leaguequalification spot, the minimum goal of the club’s American owners. That led to the firing of club great Kenny Dalglish, who won theLeague Cup to end a six-year trophy drought at Anfield. Fenway Sports Group targeted the hiring of a young manager toreplace Dalglish and also held talks with Martinez. But it decidedon Rodgers, who was once a youth-team manager at Chelsea under JoseMourinho and has also managed second-tier clubs Watford andReading. My pathway as a young coach has been different to mostmanagers, Rodgers said. Handmade False Eyelashes
I have actually been coaching andworking in football for 20 years. At Chelsea I had experience ofworking with big players. I look at Kenny Dalglish, he was themanager (of Liverpool in 1985) at 34 and resigned at 39. I arrivehere at 39. Rodgers said his footballing philosophy has been a fusion betweenthe British and the European. Natural False Eyelashes Manufacturer
The single biggest influence would be Jose Mourinho, purelybecause he gave me the opportunity, he said. I learned manythings from Jose. He is a great man and the biggest thing he didfor me is give me an opportunity and show belief in me, and give methat chance to work with top players. Qualifying Liverpool for the Champions League will be Rodgers’first task, with the ultimate aim being a 19th English title tomatch the record haul of bitter rival Manchester United. It’s an aim for every manager at a top club, he said. False Strip Eyelashes
That’sthe holy grail, but also, in time, we want to be challenging forthe title. For me, and it’s not going to be straight away becausethat’s not realistic, winning the title is something we want toachieve. It’s not just aiming for fourth place.