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Liverpool and Swansea agree compensation package for Brendan Rodgers

Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2012 20:56 | Comments

Brendan Rodgers is expected to be unveiled as Liverpool's new boss at Anfield in the morning
Brendan Rodgers is expected to be unveiled as Liverpool's new boss at Anfield in the morning

Brendan Rodgers will be officially presented as Liverpool manager tomorrow morning after a compensation deal with Swansea for him and a number of backroom staff was finalised.

The 39-year-old will become the club's 20th manager in their 120-year history but their fourth in the last two years.

He will bring with him assistant Colin Pascoe, performance analyst Chris Davies and head of sports science and medicine Glen Driscoll.

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 their other staff.

That has now been successfully concluded and Rodgers will officially take up his position tomorrow, when he will hold a press conference in the Anfield trophy room.

Owners Fenway Sports Group will hope, after an exhaustive search over the last fortnight, the Northern Irishman is the man who will lead the club into a new era at Anfield after the chopping and changing which has taken place in recent times.

Having dismissed Roy Hodgson just six months after replacing fans' favourite Rafael Benitez - and just three months into their ownership following the reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett - FSG had little option but to put Kenny Dalglish in temporary charge.

The club icon was given a three-year permanent contract in May last year after markedly improving performances but he was never the Americans' preferred choice for the vision they had and when results failed to continue to improve this season the writing was on the wall for the Scot.

Even a Carling Cup triumph and FA Cup final appearance could not mask deficiencies in their league form which saw the club finish eighth, 17 points adrift of the top four.

Dalglish was sacked three days after losing, coincidentally, 1-0 at Swansea and FSG began their quest to bring in a new, younger manager with fresh ideas while restructuring the football side of operations.

The appointment of Rodgers signals the start of that sea-change and further details are expected to be revealed at tomorrow's press conference regarding the Americans' ideas about the roles of sporting and technical directors, considering Rodgers was not keen to cede control of football matters to a higher authority.

Swansea first-team coach Alan Curtis, who will not be joining his former boss at Anfield, is confident Rodgers will be able to recreate the success he had at the Liberty Stadium under the harsh spotlight at Liverpool.

"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.

"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 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.

"He is the epitome of the modern-day manager. He is bright, he is fresh, he is really innovative and I'm sure he will do a fantastic job there."

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.

"Sometimes a fresh face and a different direction can work. I was brought up watching Liverpool play football [like Swansea]. When I joined Liverpool, that's what you did: pass and move.

"All you did was pass the ball and not give it away - unfortunately over the last 10 years or so, we've given the ball away far too cheaply.

"I think [Rodgers] and Swansea were a breath of fresh air last year and if he can bring that to Liverpool and win a lot of games percentage-wise and bring top European football to the table he'll be a king around the place."

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