Brendan Rodgers has been officially unveiled as the new Liverpool manager. At a press conference on Friday June 1st the club revealed that the whole deal had gone through with compensation going to Swansea for a manager who was always top of the list.
Rodgers had initially turned down the Reds' request but ultimately couldn't turn them down for long. The young manager from Northern Ireland started coaching for Chelsea at youth and reserve team levels and comes to Anfield with praise from their manager of the time Jose Mourinho.
Last season when in charge of Swansea he guided the Swans to a comfortable stay in the Premiership with a good passing team. Of the two league games against the Reds he took four points - a draw at Anfield and a win over the Reds on the final day of the season.
Rodgers arrived at Anfield on the same day that the club changed kit supplier to warrior sports and the new home kit went on sale. Rodgers was pictured with that new kit and spoke of his desire to fight to the death for the Reds.
Rodgers also stated that he would be looking at the transfer market straight away and the rumour mill started very quickly to link him with some Swansea players. however the Swansea chairman has stated that their was a clause in the compensation package excluding any sales for twelve months from Swansea to Liverpool.
From a footballing point of view the new manager has expressed a desire to make the Reds more attacking and free flowing yet retaining tactical discipline.
The new manager has signed a three year deal with the Reds and that deal also sees coach Colin Pascoe, assistant performance analyst Chris Davies and performance consultant Glen Driscoll join up with him at Anfield. It is expected that Steve Clarke will leave the club at some point as well.