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Brendan Rodgers: Why I had to take Liverpool job

Published 01/06/2012

Brendan Rodgers has said he initially turned Liverpool down out of respect to Swansea City
Brendan Rodgers has said he initially turned Liverpool down out of respect to Swansea City

Brendan Rodgers has admitted the chance to manage a footballing "dynasty" like Liverpool was too good to turn down.

The Northern Irishman was officially confirmed as the new Reds boss this morning after a compensation package was agreed with Swansea.

"For me, the only way I was going to leave Swansea was for a big club, and I mean a big club," Rodgers told the South Wales Evening Post.

"It was an extremely, extremely difficult decision because my plan was always to stay here at Swansea for a number of years.

"I have always been up front and honest. I have always said that I wouldn't be here forever and that one day I would go, but I honestly never thought the opportunity would come round now.

"In my life and in my football, I have been very happy in Swansea. But when an opportunity to work at a club which is more than a club comes round, it's a professional challenge which is too good to turn down.

"Liverpool are one of the dynasties of the game. They have won five European Cups and their status is up there with AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich."

Rodgers won praise for his attractive style of play at Swansea and initially turned down an approach from Liverpool before it became clear he was their preferred target.

He added: "I turned them down once out of respect, because I didn't want to go into a process and disrespect anything about Swansea. When they come in a second time and make you their number one target, then you have to think.

"We have seen over a number of years that the number of British coaches who get a chance at the big clubs is very few. When those opportunities come, and they may come only once, you have got to make a decision."

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