Brendan Rodgers: Success is more than just trophies

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking about the importance of bringing through the new generation of footballers as well as commenting on his visions for the future of Liverpool FC.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 1, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers salutes the travelling supporters as his side beat Southampton 3-0 during the Premiership match at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Brendan Rodgers salutes the travelling supporters as his side beat Southampton 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds boss was speaking to LFCTV GO – Liverpool’s new, exclusive video on-demand service that is bringing fans ever-closer to the team they love.

“There’s no point in having a youth system and an academy system in place if you’re not going to look from within” Rodgers explained.

“For me and how I work, it’s part of my definition of success. Some people will be based purely on trophies – and that is ultimately what you are judged on.

“But for me and when I eventually retire from football I want to be able to look back and see that not only have I won trophies but I’ve developed a football club that has brought through their own players.

“That’s something that’s very important in my work. Other managers may be different and might just be about purely winning trophies, but for me success isn’t just picking up the trophy at the end of the season.

“It’s also about the football club, giving the value to young players and seeing them develop.”

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  • ?????????????

    Its a very sound philosophy and the club should run that way. Really looking forward to see many of our academy players playing for 1st team. future is bright #ynwa

  • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

    LOVE IT.


    Make that vile turd squirm.

    • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

      Glad to see one person picked up what i was talking about.

      Rodgers having a dig at the stool MouRhino

  • Rederik

    No doubt about it BR is the best chance we have of winning the league if not this year then maybe next, credit to John Henry he chose BR when most of us wouldn,t have given him a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the manager’s job, and now we have in my opinion the best manager in the premiership.

  • This Is Anfield

    He isn’t suggesting to never win trophies though is he. Quite an absurd suggestion.

  • Nelly79

    Exactly, young English players at clubs like City and Chelsea, stand little or no chance of ever getting first team football. Not when the managers of those clubs would rather just spend continuously, rather than looking within the yougth system and promote players. So the question has to be asked, what’s the point of having youth academies if players have no chance of playing for the first team?

    • Daryl Cavanagh

      Now that QPR are being investigated under Financial fairplay,promoting from within will become even more important. Teams know they are going to be heavily punished for breaching it. It is good news for us as we have a good academy in place. Promoting from within will also benefit the national team as well

  • lfc4lif3

    hes highlighting the difference between being “considered” and actually being!

  • john boy

    I wish him all the success in the world, but right now its easy to talk when most of the young players coming through were put there by a former managers.

    The guys who set up the improved academy were abruptly replaced. I don’t really know the story behind that apart from the rumors.

    But seeing how most of the youngsters making impressions were groomed by the old lot. It will be interesting to see how the “new” academy does in the coming years.

  • shafiq

    Arsene Wenger allover again

  • allaboutanfield

    It is always good to have a manager who can also look to the youth academy to see which young players have the potential to be groomed into a world class player just like Carragher and SG .

  • John Boy

    Not seen much of the under 18s. The U21s are looking quite sharp