Liverpool Chairman Discusses Why Club Moved On from Brendan Rodgers

By , Featured Columnist Oct 9, 2015

Liverpool Chairman Discusses Why Club Moved On from Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has opened up on the decision to sack former manager Brendan Rodgers and bring in Jurgen Klopp, calling the latter a world-class manager and pointing at the club’s inconsistent showings under Rodgers and the lack of success of a number of signings.

As reported by the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter, Werner called Rodgers an “outstanding manager” and refused to divulge too much information:

When we appointed Brendan we thought he was going to be the right manager for Liverpool. Obviously we now feel that we have got the world-class manager and beyond that there is not much more I would like to say.

We gave Brendan, as you know, an opportunity to see if we could improve this season. There was some very good football last season and some not so good football. There were some challenges that dealt with injuries, we brought in some new players that Brendan recommended that we thought would take us forward. We are where we are. I don’t want to say too much. Brendan is an outstanding manager and we decided to move in a different direction and I am very optimistic.

Rodgers was let go after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday, per BBC Sports’ Phil McNulty, the conclusion of a rocky ride that started with plenty of promise but ended in mediocrity.

The Northern Irishman took the job in 2012 and arrived amid much fanfare after a great spell with Swansea City. He had the squad playing some exciting football in his first season at the helm and nearly led the Reds to the Premier League title in 2013-14, which would have been their first since the 1989-90 season.

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Blood Red: Klopp’s Liverpool FC appointment vindicates FSG’s ruthless approach

05:00, 10 Oct 2015

From stuck in a rut to on top of the world, what a difference seven days has made

It’s been one of the most momentous weeks in Liverpool’s illustrious history.

Just seven days ago Kopites were filled with a sense of trepidation as they prepared to make the short trip across Stanley Park.

The Reds were stuck in a rut – the frustration and anger of an increasingly disillusioned fanbase having manifested itself in the crescendo of boos which accompanied the end of a dismal Europa League stalemate with FC Sion.

Embattled manager Brendan Rodgers found himself in the eye of a storm. Doom and gloom had enveloped Anfield.

What proved to be the final chapter for Rodgers wasn’t even that bad. Roy Hodgson went out with a wretched 3-1 defeat at Blackburn after his side served up a performance so meagre it screamed “sack me”.

Kenny Dalglish’s second coming ended with a dour 1-0 reverse at Swansea following the crushing blow of losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea.

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Werner: Liverpool wanted Klopp for a long time

22:30, 9 Oct 2015

Club chairman backing new boss to oversee a new era of glory at Anfield

Tom Werner admits that owners Fenway Sports Group had long since coveted Jurgen Klopp prior to his appointment as Liverpool manager.

The Reds chairman flew in from Boston for Klopp’s unveiling and is convinced the former Borussia Dortmund boss will transform the club’s fortunes.

Werner refused to be drawn on when FSG first made an approach to the 48-year-old coach. However, it’s no secret that they wanted him following the sackings of previous managers Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish.

On both occasions Klopp informed them he was fully committed to Dortmund but after his recent four-month break from football he jumped at the chance to succeed Brendan Rodgers.

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Jurgen Klopp plans to bring Liverpool “closer to the fans” after Anfield appointment

22:30, 9 Oct 2015

German also dismisses suggestions he will need big money to turn around the Reds’ fortunes

Jurgen Klopp has vowed to bring Liverpool “closer to the fans” as he insisted he doesn’t need a massive transfer kitty to spark an Anfield revival.

The new Reds boss says he feels a duty to deliver for supporters who have grown increasingly agitated with the club’s struggles this season,

“Of course I feel a big pressure in this moment but that is normal,” he said.

“For such a long time, people have not been satisfied but that is normal.

“I can’t change the rules. For development, you need time. There are many things that you try to do. I know how to work with a team.

“It is very important that we make it all closer. We need to be closer with all of the staff, the fans.

“It is important they don’t think ‘these are the well paid guys, we are the fans’. I want it to be different in these times. This is the biggest football family in the world and we try to live this.

“Watching from outside, they seem to be a little bit nervous. The atmosphere in the stadium is good but nobody is really enjoying themselves.

“It’s never good enough. You win and then you hear ‘well the defence is a problem’. That is what I mean when I say we have to make a restart.”

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Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool: ‘We might not conquer the world – but we will conquer the ball!’

22:30, 9 Oct 2015

German ready to start work at Anfield after “crazy” unveiling on Friday

Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new Liverpool FC manager

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reflected on the events of the previous hour. The barrage of questions from the world’s media and the flash bulbs accompanying his every move as he took a stroll around Anfield.

“It is the craziest situation I have ever been in,” he said.

“All the photographs, all this big trouble.

“This is not what I want. I only want to work with the team. But this is part of the deal. So, okay, we do this today.

“Let’s start tomorrow to work with the team.”

Klopp produced a masterful display on his unveiling in front of the cameras but it’s how his players perform under pressure which now dominates his thoughts.

The 48-year-old jumped into a people carrier to take him from his media commitments at Anfield to Melwood to meet those, including captain Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho, who aren’t on international duty.

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