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Rodgers inspired by Shankly in quest for greatness

ESPN staff
April 5, 2013
Brendan Rogers has seen his side improve during the season © Getty Images

Brendan Rogers has revealed he wants to bring the glory days back to Liverpool by following in the footsteps of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.

Shankly was in charge of Liverpool between 1959 and 1974, and during his time at Anfield delivered three league titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and four Charity Shields. Paisley took over the reins from Shankly and continued the success in his nine years at the club, dominating domestically by winning six league titles and three league cups, and turned the Reds into a force on the continent by lifting three European Cups and one UEFA Cup.

"First and foremost there is no comparison in relation to those greats of the past; those two managers will always be remembered here," Rodgers said.

Rodgers - who arrived to Liverpool from Swansea last year - is inspired by what his predecessors achieved, and wants to emulate their success.

"For someone like me, my job is to build the club again, like Bill Shankly did very successfully and that set up the many successful eras that everyone remembers Liverpool for. That's what I'm trying to replicate and it's a huge challenge, because the club is an institution, but it is a challenge that I've enjoyed every minute of and all the staff and players have also," he added.

Rodgers initially found the going tough during the early spell of his Liverpool tenure as the Merseyside club were struggling to climb into the top half of the Premier League. The Northern Irishman though has turned his fortunes around, with Liverpool knocking on the door of a European spot for next season, and the manager said: "I've seen real progress this season and I would expect us to continue that over the next couple of years."

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