Brendan Rodgers has been confirmed as Liverpool’s manager after the Merseyside club agreed a compensation package with his former club Swansea.
Rodgers’ move from the Welsh club had been held up as both parties attempted to come to an arrangement over compensation for the 39-year-old which reportedly includes members of his former backroom staff at the Liberty Stadium.
Talks also stalled over the management structure into which he will enter, with Liverpool appointing a team of specialists to work alongside Rodgers instead of a single director of football.
The Northern Irishman was unveiled at a press conference by chairman Tom Werner this morning having agreed a three year deal, saying he considers the task of managing Liverpool to be on par with coaching European giants Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“For me, the only way I was going to leave Swansea was for a big club, and I mean a big club,' Rodgers said.
“It was an extremely, extremely difficult decision because my plan was always to stay here at Swansea for a number of years.
“I have always been up front and honest. I have always said that I wouldn't be here forever and that one day I would go, but I honestly never thought the opportunity would come round now.
“In my life and in my football, I have been very happy in Swansea.
“But when an opportunity to work at a club which is more than a club comes round, it's a professional challenge which is too good to turn down.
“Liverpool are one of the dynasties of the game. They have won five European Cups and their status is up there with AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich,” he added.
Rodgers’ appointment comes two weeks after former boss Kenny Dalglish was sacked following a disappointing Premier League campaign.
While Dalglish did guide Liverpool to their first trophy since 2006 by beating Cardiff City in the final of the Carling Cup and ensured progression to the final of the FA Cup, Liverpool’s American owners decided to let the former Newcastle and Blackburn boss go because of their poor league campaign.
The Scot failed to build upon last season’s 6th place having taken over in January 2011 following Roy Hodgson’s departure, with the Reds eventually finishing this season in 8th, below rivals Everton.
Swansea meanwhile enjoyed huge success in their maiden Premier League season, winning fans over with their attractive style of play.
Rodgers took the Swans to an 11th place finish in the Premier League making them the highest placed of all three newly-promoted sides.
Rodgers originally ruled himself out of the running for the position having been unwilling to take part in the very public interview process which saw Roberto Martinez, Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp all linked with the job.
However once it became clear that Rodgers was the leading candidate for the role he asked for permission from Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins to speak to the Merseyside club, a request he accepted.
Werner insisted that Rodgers was always his first choice replacement for Dalglish, despite Wigan boss Roberto Martinez being pictured in Miami holding talks with John Henry.
“Brendan was the only one we made an offer to and he was our first choice and our only choice,” he explained.