Rodgers unveiled as new Liverpool manager
Liverpool, England (Sports Network) - Liverpool unveiled Brendan Rodgers as its new manager Friday, ending a two-week search for Kenny Dalglish's replacement.
Rodgers joins the Reds from Swansea City where he received a great deal of praise for implementing a style of play centered around possession in the club's debut season in the top flight.
Liverpool owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were on hand at Friday's unveiling, and Rodgers took the opportunity to thank them for the chance to be involved in an "incredible project."
"I'm blessed to be given this opportunity," Rodgers said at the unveiling. "I want to thank John Henry, Tom Werner and FSG for the opportunity to manage such a great club. I'm really excited and I can't wait to get started on this incredible project going forward. I promise to dedicate my life to fight for this club and defend the great principles of Liverpool Football Club on and off the field.
The 39-year-old has just four years of managerial experience, which includes stints at Watford, Reading and the Welsh national team.
But what Rodgers may lack in experience, he certainly makes up for with ambition - the Northern Irishman has his sights set on bringing Liverpool back to glory by making the Premier League title a priority.
"It's been nearly 20 years since they've won the title," Rodgers said. "And the realism - we might not be ready for the title now, but the process ends today in that it's a new cycle, and that's something we'll work towards in the years to come."