New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned the club’s supporters that there is no quick-fix at Anfield. He has described the challenge as “immense” but is confident that Liverpool can return to their former glories.
Rodgers has replaced Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish at the helm after the Reds finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League last season. He was sacked despite winning the Carling Cup at Wembley and losing 2-1 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The club?s owners are looking for more than a good Cup run and the target for Rodgers is to push for a Champions League spot.
Rodgers has made it clear that it is going to take time to reshape the squad after last year?s poor form. He has even suggested that it may not even be possible whilst he is still in charge but he is promising to do his very best to restore the pride into Liverpool Football Club. Rodgers has held talks with Luis Suarez and is confident the striker will agree a contract extension at Liverpool. He believes Suarez is important to the side but the future of England striker Andy Carroll is a different matter. The new coach has indicated that he is open to the idea of loaning out the striker for a season. Although Carroll was given the call by England for Euro 2012, his form for Liverpool was disappointing, yielding only four league goals. This represented a very poor return for the £35 million that Liverpool paid Newcastle for the 23-year-old international. AC Milan and West Ham have been linked with the striker in recent days.
Rodgers has also held positive talks with Martin Skrtel and is looking forward to working with the Slovakian and his defensive partner Daniel Agger. Skrtel has been linked with a possible move away from Anfield this summer but he now looks likely to see out the remaining two years of his contract. Rodgers talks of a ?model? for the club rather than merely changing a few personnel. He has built his reputation on his success at Swansea where everyone worked for one another and the team was always more important than any one individual. This may prove a difficult model to repeat at Liverpool with a host of star names on the payroll. It will be interesting to see how long the Anfield regulars are prepared to wait for this new model to emerge, or perhaps more importantly, how long will the Liverpool hierarchy be prepared to wait.