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Rodgers tells Swansea he wants Liverpool job

ESPN staff
May 30, 2012

Brendan Rodgers is set to become the new Liverpool manager in the next 24 hours if compensation can be agreed, according to Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins.

Rodgers, who one year ago to the day won the Championship play-off final to reach the Premier League with Swansea, is expected to sign a three-year deal at Anfield.

Liverpool are expected to pay Swansea between £4 million and £5 million in compensation after securing the Northern Irishman's services.

Swansea chief Jenkins said: "I was contacted by Liverpool [on Tuesday] night and expressed their wish to speak to Brendan regarding their vacancy. I had a discussion with Brendan to talk about their interest and his views on whether he wanted to speak to Liverpool. He expressed his wish with me to do that and he has spoken with Liverpool today.

"Following discussions with Liverpool's owners Brendan has informed us that he would like to take up their offer to manage Liverpool. At the moment we are currently in talks with the owners to agree compensation. We are trying to finalise that within the next 24 hours.

Highest Completed Passing Percentage In League Play Among Europe's Top 5 Leagues

  • Barcelona - 86.5%
  • Bayern Munich - 83.6%
  • Swansea City - 83.1%
  • Manchester City - 83.0%
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"Although we are very disappointed to lose such a talented, young British manager we did not wish to stand in his way."

Rodgers guided Swansea, the first Welsh side to play in the Premier League, to an 11th-place finish in their first season in the top flight. It was not only this record but the attractive passing style that the Swans played with that impressed Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.

Rodgers succeeds Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish as manager after the Scot was sacked on May 16. Winning the League Cup and reaching the FA Cup final did not mitigate an eighth-placed finish in the league, 17 points adrift of the Champions League places.

Dalglish's last match in charge was a 1-0 defeat by Swansea, capping an impressive first top flight campaign for Rodgers. The 39-year-old was quickly in the frame to take over at Anfield, but initially declined the opportunity to talk with FSG.

Jenkins added: "As always at Swansea City, we want people working here who are fully committed to the task ahead. We wish Brendan every success in the future. We will always remain good friends and we thank him for all his hard work and passion at this football club over the past two years.

"We shall now refocus and quickly start the process of finding his replacement to continue the great work Brendan has carried out at this football club."

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