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Friday, 17 January 2014
'Owners' LFC vision brought me here'
Liverpool's owners on Merseyside ahead of the Reds' clash with Aston
Villa this weekend, the man they employed as boss in the summer of 2012
has revealed how he was drawn to Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers was recruited by Fenway
Sports Group 18 months ago, following his impeccable work with Swansea
City, and tasked with returning his current club to its previous
The boss is in the midst of preparing his charges for their latest
Barclays Premier League encounter, at home to Villa on Saturday, as they
attempt to maintain a position within the division's top four.
Rodgers will take a moment, though, to update principal owner John
Henry and chairman Tom Werner - who will be in attendance for the visit
of Paul Lambert's team - on the Reds' recent progress.
"They'll be over and I'll do what I normally do when they're over -
we go for a meal and talk about everything Liverpool," the manager told
"That will cover everything; transfers, how players are and where they are at in their development, and overall the club.
"We have regular contact anyway, so it's nothing other than them
coming over to look at the developments of the club. There's no motive
for them coming over other than to see the club that they own and love."
Rodgers has been a strong and consistent
advocate of a 'one-club mentality' within all departments at Liverpool,
stressing the necessity of unity and teamwork to achieve success in the
It's a philosophy he not only shares with the Reds' owners, but chief
among the reasons why the 40-year-old decided to swap Swansea for the
unique challenge of leading one of the world's biggest teams.
He continued: "They were one of the principal reasons I came to the
club, because of the vision that they had. They have brought really
strong leadership and vision, which I think is important.
"When you talk about leadership, they define it. They have shown that
in other businesses that they have run, in terms of having a vision and
a strategy in order to get there, and allowing a manager to come in and
manage that process.
"Both our visions were aligned in terms of where we wanted to go and
our strategies. I have the task of managing that and bringing those
processes together. They have been brilliant on a personal level,
because of the support they have given me.
"Overall, in terms of the club, they have been outstanding, and hopefully they get their rewards over the next number of years."