Liverpool progress encourages Tom Werner

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has delivered a pleasing verdict on Brendan Rodgers' first season at Anfield.

The club's seventh-place finish was an improvement on 2011/2012's eighth-place, but still left them 12 points short of Champions League qualification.

Werner, however, was impressed with the way Rodgers has taken to life on Merseyside following his move from Swansea.

"I think Brendan has made remarkable progress. He's a great strategist and has shown strong leadership as he has led the team through this season," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"The club is definitely moving in the right direction under Brendan."

Liverpool made a slow start to the season, but excellent form since the start of the year has been encouraging. That form has coincided with two January arrivals.

"Obviously there is disappointment that we didn't finish higher in the table but the team has certainly improved as the season has gone on," added Werner.

"To see the new additions in January, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, perform so well has been very positive to see."

Werner, who represents American owners Fenway Sports Group, was also pleased by the club's form in front of goal, much of which was down to controversial striker Luis Suarez.

"We scored a lot more goals than last season. The 38 away league goals was the club's highest number in a league season since 1990," he added.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of defenders since the end of the season, including Kolo Toure and Aurelien Chedjou, as well as goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, and Werner has hinted there will be money to spend as they look to the future under Rodgers.

"Our intention is to strengthen the squad further this summer and as owners we're very optimistic and excited about the future," he concluded.

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