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Brendan Rodgers intends to uphold Liverpool FC traditions, but will add his own footballing philosophy at Anfield

BRENDAN RODGERS insists he will not veer far from his footballing philosophies as Liverpool manager but has vowed to bring success to Anfield.

BRENDAN RODGERS insists he will not veer far from his footballing philosophies as Liverpool manager but has vowed to bring success to Anfield.

And the Reds boss says he cannot wait to begin pre-season, as he settles into his new role on Merseyside.

Rodgers has been busying himself since returning to the North West last week. He is keen to tie up a deal for Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, and could do so by the end of the week.

He has also identified other potential targets, as he seeks to build on a squad which finished eighth in the Premier League under Kenny Dalglish last season.

Rodgers has spoken at length about his footballing philosophy, honed as a youth-team coach with Reading and Chelsea, and developed impressively during two highly-successful seasons with Swansea City.

And he revealed that he is eager to uphold the traditions of his new club by employing an attractive style of play.

Rodgers said: “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.

“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, 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.”

Rodgers had hoped to spend some time observing the methods of Spain coach Vicente del Bosque ahead of Euro 2012, but was unable to do so as his move to Anfield gathered pace.

Yet while he admits to being influenced by the ‘Tiki-Taka’ style the Spanish, along with the likes of Barcelona, have adopted, he insists that vindication for any style can only come with results.

“I suppose the ‘Tiki-Taka’ football has come from Barcelona and that Spanish version,” he added. “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.

“But 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. 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 added: “I’m really looking forward to (pre-season).

“My natural environment is the training field. I enjoy working with players, I enjoy trying to help educate them and make them better on and off the field.

“The players have had quite a rest. The players in the Euros and whatnot, or the players who go to the Olympics - their pre-season will be a little bit broken this year. But I’m really looking forward to seeing the players who come back in early July and getting the ball out on the green grass.”

 

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