Previous
Zenit St Petersburg
Benfica
1
0
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos
4
0
ESPN3 LIVE 87'
Game Details
FC Basel
Real Madrid
0
1
LIVE 89'
Game Details
Malmo FF
Juventus
0
1
ESPN3 LIVE 87'
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Liverpool
2
2
LIVE 90' +1'
Game Details
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund
2
0
LIVE 90'
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
AS Monaco
0
1
ESPN3 LIVE 85'
Game Details
Next
Jan 10, 2013

Rodgers urges home grown recruitment

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged his club's scouts to search for talent in their own backyard, insisting recruiting players from other European leagues isn't always the best option.

• Blog: Delivering the FA Cup

Despite international players forming a majority of Liverpool's current first team squad, the Reds' two most experienced players, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were both born on Merseyside.

The recruitment of England international Daniel Sturridge signalled Rodgers' intention to utilise home grown talent and the Liverpool boss claims history speaks for itself.

"My big thing is getting young players in here from the local area," Rodgers said. "Boys from Liverpool. If you look at the history here: the Carragher, the Gerrard, the McManaman, the Fowler, the Owen.

"And you name me the best two players in England in the last six or seven years? Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, and they are Scousers. One is from that part of the city and the other from that part. So you are not telling me there are not top young talents in Liverpool.

Liverpool's Spanish contingent grew under former boss Rafa Benitez, but Rodgers claims he prefers substance over the style that some club's search for in the transfer window.

"It is sexy to look in Spain, and I am one who loves working with European players. I love working with the talents, and all my life i have worked with players from different parts of the world.

"But we mustn't forget what is on our doorstep, and, for me, this is a hot bed for footballers who have a passion, hunger and incredible qualities. That is a massive part of my job and something we are trying to put in place."

• Pick your Premier League fantasy squad for the second half of the season now and challenge your friends.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.