Featured Matches
Previous
Brazil
Netherlands
ESPN, ESPN3 Jul 12, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
Match 63
Game Details
Germany
Argentina
ABC, ESPN3 Jul 13, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Match 64
Game Details
PFC Litex Lovech
FC Veris
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
Aalesund
Molde
0
1
FT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
Limerick FC
3
0
FT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
Cork
0
1
FT
Game Details
Bohemians
St Patricks
1
1
FT
Game Details
San Jose
DC United
3:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Inti Gas Deportes
0
1
FT
Game Details
Melgar
León de Huánuco
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
Mushuc Runa
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Boston Breakers
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Jan, 11, 2013

Rodgers: I've added value to Reds players

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes he was brought into the club to help develop its players as well as winning matches.

• Sterling confident for United
• Preview: Man Utd v Liverpool

Rodgers has had a fairly mixed season since arriving at the club in the summer with inconsistency meaning the club lie just eighth in the Premier League table.

However, the former Swansea boss has always talked about a long-term plan and part of that plan he feels is about improving his players' performance levels.

"It is all about the materials. I am not a magician," he told the Guardian. "I will be able to improve players - that is my work and I have confidence in that.

"If I look at the first six months, I believe there has been improvement in a lot of the players. I will be able to rinse everything that I possibly can out of them, but the bottom line is about talent. If you don't initially have that then it can be difficult. That is also why I was brought in here, because we will get talents and we will try to maximise what we can out of players."

Since Rodgers' arrival he has managed to get the best out of some of the players who struggled under Kenny Dalglish last season.

Stewart Downing has worked his way into the team after being told he was free to leave the club, Jordan Henderson was offered to Fulham in the summer but has impressed recently, while Jose Enrique has reinvented himself as a real attacking threat.

"You look at Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique since the start of the season and we have added value back to them. Absolutely," Rodgers said. "That is the job of the manager and the coach, as well as winning games. My job is to improve players in every aspect of their game and that is something we will look to do because we don't have the resources of the top clubs who are out there paying big money. We won't have that. So we have to find the difference through coaching."

Liverpool signed Daniel Sturridge for £12 million last week and although the club are hoping for further additions, Rodgers admits he is working on a tight budget.

"We will always be governed by budget, always be governed by restrictions on certain things within the club because if you haven't got the money you can't spend it," he said. "Then you have to work with the players you have and I have done that throughout my life. I will always push to get the best possible squad we can here but the most important thing at the minute is putting in place the philosophy and model that will allow us to improve players."

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.