Brendan Rodgers targets EPL glory for Liverpool

Jun 02, 2012, 08:06 IST | AFP

Brendan Rodgers said he aims to bring the glory days back to Liverpool after being appointed the new manager of the former kings of English football yesterday.

It is more than 20 years since Liverpool were last crowned champions of England, with the Merseysiders rarely challenging for the title in the intervening decades.

New Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers with the team scarf. Pic/AFP

To make matters worse, it is arch-rivals Manchester United who have become the dominant force in England, while Liverpool have also been overtaken by big-spenders Chelsea, the reigning Champions League holders, and current Premier League champions Manchester City.

Rodgers said: “That was the attraction, the history of the club. Also the frustration. It has been over 20 years since they won the title. We might not be ready for the title but the process begins today, it’s a new cycle, and that is something that we will work towards in the years to come.”

The 39-year-old Northern Irishman succeeds Anfield great Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked last month after his second spell in charge ended with Liverpool finishing the season a massive 37 points behind Man City. Rodgers spent two years at Swansea, guiding the Welsh club into EPL and last season securing an 11th place finish for the newly promoted side. 

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