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Rodgers warns Liverpool fans that glory days a long way off

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers reacts during the Barclays Premier league match between Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Liberty Stadium on April 28, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers reacts during the Barclays Premier league match between Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Liberty Stadium on April 28, 2012. Photo: Getty Images

Luke Edwards

Brendan Rodgers has warned those who still hark back to Liverpool's glory days that the club may never again dominate English football the way they used to.

Rodgers was not trying to paint a pessimistic picture of the future with him as manager, but rather ensure immediate expectations remain realistic as he embarks on an ambitious project to change the club's footballing philosophy.

Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season and have not qualified for the Champions League since 2009, which has weakened their finances and tarnished their reputation.

But in trying to ensure Liverpool can once again compete for league titles, Rodgers believes that every level of the club's youth development must be geared to play in the same style and ethos as the first-team squad.

They are changes the former Swansea manager has already started to implement and which will continue over the coming weeks and months, even though he fears he may not be at the club when they reap their rewards.

"The challenge here is immense," said Rodgers. "Let's be under no illusion. The club and where it was at over the years -- will any club ever do that again? That's a big question.

"I certainly think with a club of our status and value to the football world, that we can go again. It's going to take time and whether it will be in my time, I'm not so sure. But I'm going to fight for my life to try to get this model of play that hopefully can change the history of the club.

"I'm here to put the foundations in place. I want to systemise it, and that's more important for me than trophies."

Rodgers will be given time by owners Fenway Sports as it was his vision for the club that got him the job when they decided to replace Kenny Dalglish, but the team will also be expected to finish higher in the table than they did under the legendary Scot.

Irish Independent

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