Rodgers: I’ll play Liverpool way

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Brendan Rodgers has vowed to play football ‘the Liverpool way’ during his reign in charge at Anfield.

The former Swansea City chief took over from Kenny Dalglish last month, with expectation high that the Northern Irishman can bring his passing style of football to Merseyside.

With greater finances at his disposal, Rodgers will be looking to make his mark on the Reds instantly, and his main objective next season will be to challenge for a place in the top four and a return to the Champions League.

The former Reading boss is well aware that winning games is the most important thing however, and he’s hoping to do it with a certain style to keep the supporters happy.

“The way I want to play here is the Liverpool way. The history and tradition of this club has been about offensive football, attacking football - but always with discipline,” he told the official Liverpool website.


"The game will be based around what Liverpool are about, which is control, dominating games with the ball, working very hard when you haven't got the ball and keeping the game as simple as possible. Of course I'll bring in a certain philosophy, which I'm attached to, but the principles of your game are based around the players.

"For me the best thing about the game other than scoring goals is having the football, and that'll be the idea and the fundamentals we'll work on - but they are playing ultimately to win. We're in the business of winning and hopefully we can entertain along the way."

Rodgers also spoke on comparisons between old club Swansea and Spanish giants Barcelona – a team he has not tried to replicate despite comparisons in the past.

The 39-year-old is eager to play ‘attractive, attacking football’, but won’t do so at the expense of points in the Premier League.

"I suppose the tiki-taka football has come from Barcelona and that Spanish version," he concluded.

"It probably came up with the players at Swansea, who referred to it a lot in our training and our work on having the ball and resting on the ball. It doesn't matter if it's tiki-taka football or possession football - the supporters and all of us want winning football. That's what the philosophy will be about.

"It will be about playing attractive, attacking football full of imagination."

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