English Premiership

Now let's build an empire!

2014-05-27 09:34
Brendan Rodgers (AFP)
Cape Town - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who has signed a new deal with the club extending his time at Anfield to 2018, has been promised enough financial backing to buy the players needed to build an empire.

Rodgers, who lead the Reds back to the Champions League for the first time since 2010, believes the club has rediscovered its soul, and is ready to take Liverpool to the next level.

His success at Liverpool this season prompted interest from Barcelona, and the Kop boss had been linked with a move away, but the financial backing of the owners, Fenway Sports Group, convinced him to stay on.

Rodgers told the Daily Star, "I came here because I felt that this is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I want to be here as long as I can, hopefully playing a part in building and restoring a club to its greatness.

"I think we've really rediscovered the soul of Liverpool in particular this season.

"It's been amazing to see and feel everything about the club, especially in the last few months.

"It's so unique and to be playing a part in that, in restoring that great ability that this club has to make people dream and make them happy, has given me great pleasure.

"So I've got absolutely no interest in being anywhere else.

Rodgers will be given a £60m transfer kitty, plus the additional money brought in from the sale of current players, to strengthen his squad with the quality needed to challenge in both the league and Europe next season.

The manager is now hoping that Liverpool's outstanding domestic season, plus their success in Europe in past seasons, will be enough to attract the right calibre of player to the club.

"I think the big lure will be Champions League, that's what I've found in my conversations with agents and people.

"The best players want to play in the big competition.

"That's the fight and I certainly found that last summer but we've put Liverpool back on the map now.

"Everyone sees that we're going to be a threat; that we're going to go into Europe next year and we'll have no fear.

"That's what top players want - they want to play in teams where they can show their talents."


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