Rodgers focusing on bigger picture at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he doesn’t necessarily want to be judged on the amount of silverware he has brought to the club by the time his career finishes.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he doesn’t necessarily want to be judged on the amount of silverware he has brought to the club by the time his career finishes.

The Northern Irishman arrived at Anfield from Swansea City in the summer of 2012 and has quickly lifted the Reds to second spot on the Premier League table.

All along, however, Rodgers has maintained that he has set out a long-term plan to try and reinstate Liverpool back to the top of both English and European football.

For Rodgers, it will be more of a legacy left rather than the number of trophies he places in the Anfield cabinet as he strives to put in place a new culture and new systems on Merseyside.

"I've been satisfied in terms of the progress we have made but there is still a long way to go in terms of where I want to go with the whole project,” Rodgers said in an interview to launch LFCTV GO.

"Hopefully it continues to grow. We have gone from a team who was looking to put a style of football in place – high energy, high tempo – to one who wants to have success running alongside that, and success is getting into the Champions League.”

Of his plans going forward, Rodgers added: "There's no point in having a youth system and an academy system if you're not going to look from within. For me and how I work, it's part of my definition of success.

"When I eventually retire from football I want to be able to look back and see that not only have I won trophies but I've developed a football club that has brought through their own players and individuals and made them better.

"Other managers may be different and might just be about purely winning trophies, but for me success isn't picking up the trophy at the end of the season.

"It's also about the football club, giving the value to young players and seeing them develop."

Rodgers has made massive strides during his 20 months with Liverpool as he chases the Merseyside clubs first league title since 1990. The Reds are currently four points behind league leaders Chelsea with 10 fixtures remaining in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.

LFCTV GO currently has a launch offer for Liverpool fans. Get 12 months access for the price of 10. Go to www.liverpoolfc.com/video, sign up and use the code GO1 to claim the discount.

 
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