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Rodgers set to get transfer backing

ESPN staff
March 4, 2014
Liverpool continue to perform

Brendan Rodgers has been told he is doing an "astounding" job and Liverpool's owners will back him in the transfer market despite a disappointing set of financial results.

The club made a £49.8 million loss for the year to May 2013 and there was a 31% rise in the club's debts to £114 million but managing director Ian Ayre is confident the club are heading in the right direction off the pitch as well as on.

He has lavished praise on Rodgers and his players but admitted the manager had "a lot of finding his feet" in his first season at Anfield, when they finished seventh.

Liverpool have moved on significantly since then to become title contenders, with lucrative Champions League qualification theirs to lose.

"We all had great faith in Brendan when he was appointed and I think he had a huge challenge in front of him," Ayre told the Liverpool Echo.

"I mean we all did - but no one more than Brendan, because he comes to one of the biggest football clubs in the world where expectation is high and there was a lot of work to do.

"In his first season he would admit - and I would admit it publicly - that there was a lot of finding his feet and starting to impart his philosophy and his style into the team.

"I think what we have seen this year is that starting to grow and prosper. And we'll continue to add to the team and support him in putting additional players into the group.

"Both the efforts of Brendan and the players have been astounding. The results are being delivered as a group and the performance of the players has blown everyone away."

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