Brendan Rodgers has given his first interview since agreeing to become Liverpool FC manager.
He has described the challenge he faces and the similarities between his new club and former club Swansea City and the two sets of supporters.
Rodgers told the Swansea Evening Post “The challenge for me at Liverpool, as it was when I came to Swansea, is to prove myself to the people both on and off the field.”
In article published on thisissouthwales.co.uk last night then shortly removed, Rodgers said that he intends to bring his style to Anfield but it “is going to take a wee bit of time”.
“I will do what I have always done, which is to be committed to improving the club. The club’s success will be the most important thing and we’ll see where we are in the next few years.
“There are some wonderful players at Liverpool, but to bring all that into the team is going to take a wee bit of time.
“It’s a job where I need to align the playing identity and style and success with the supporters, because the supporters at Liverpool are renowned.”
The Northern Irishman, who will be unveiled at Anfield in a 10am press conference on Friday, described the similarities in the club’s supporters;
“I said before that I liken the Liverpool supporters to the Swansea supporters because of their education in the game, and I said that long before any of this came about. That’s a massive part of the draw for me. The two clubs are very similar in that they are both class acts.
“The supporters at both clubs are brilliant. They are very passionate about their clubs, they love their cities and they are very educated in football terms.
“I believe there’s a similar feel going into Liverpool as there was when I came into Swansea.”
We will have more on Rodgers’ appointment at Anfield throughout the day.