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Reds edge closer to Rodgers appointment

Brendan Rodgers' wait to become the new Liverpool manager is almost over with just the final details of the paperwork on his move from Swansea to be signed off.

Discussions over compensation were not, as expected, an issue and further negotiations appear to have seen the 39-year-old secure agreements to bring three members of his backroom team with him.

Swansea were looking for between £4million and £5million to compensate them for the loss of Rodgers, who only signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in February.

In addition there was some additional negotiation by the Welsh club over recompense for the loss of other staff, reported to be Rodgers' assistant Colin Pascoe, performance analyst Chris Davies and conditioning expert Glen Driscoll.

One of the Swansea backroom staff who will not be leaving, however, is first-team coach Alan Curtis. He is confident Rodgers will be able to re-create the success he had at Swansea under the harsh spotlight at Anfield.

"If the players buy into what Brendan's trying to preach to them, then you can only see good things to come for Liverpool," he told talkSPORT. "We knew this day would come. He's that good Brendan that it was always inevitable one of the big clubs were going to come in for him."

Curtis added: "He's a top-class coach, a top-class manager, but he is a real top-class man as well. He has this knack of being able to say the right things, do the right things.

"He's got a British mentality, yet he has almost got a continental feel about him in the way that he coaches. It is a tremendous combination. I can see the Liverpool fans probably wanted a bigger name, but he is a terrific young manager."

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge also believes Rodgers' style will be appreciated by players and fans alike at Anfield and represents a return to the club's core footballing values.

"He's done absolutely fantastic at Swansea," Aldridge said. "Some people will say that his lack of experience will go against him but you have to start somewhere in your football life and this could be his time."


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