Rodgers: My legacy at Liverpool FC will be Reds’ young stars

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers wants to leave a legacy at Anfield which includes more than just silverware.

The Northern Irishman has guided the high-flying Reds to second place in the Premier League during his second season at Anfield.

Liverpool are on course to end their five-year absence from the Champions League but Rodgers is also keen to look after the club in the long term.

“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,” he said.

“Hopefully it continues to grow. We have gone from a team who were 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 for us is getting into the Champions League.

“This first 18 months has been (about) implementing and introducing a lot of ideas which are hopefully bearing fruit and the next 18 months is about developing and enhancing that.

“We’re recognised now as one of the most exciting teams in the country to watch.

“Over the next 18 months we want to eventually be really challenging on the trophy front.”

Having helped Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan establish regular roles in the side, Rodgers has also handed chances to youngsters like Jordon Ibe, Brad Smith and Joao Teixeira.

“There’s no point in having a youth system and an academy system in place if you’re not going to look from within,” Rodgers told LFCTV GO.

“For me and how I work, it’s also 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 youth players and individuals and made them better. That is very important in my work.

“Other managers may be different and might just be about purely winning trophies but for me success isn’t just 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.”

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