Rodgers makes Liverpool promise
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New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has promised he will "fight for his life" to bring success and ultimately the title to Anfield.
Rodgers, 39, was confirmed as Kenny Dalglish's successor at Anfield after Liverpool and his club Swansea agreed a compensation deal.
"I promise I'll fight for my life and for the people in this city," said the Northern Irishman.
- 1973: Born 26 January in Carnlough, Northern Ireland
- 1987: Begins career as a defender with Ballymena United
- 1990: Joins Reading as a teenager before being forced to retire through injury. Remains as a coach
- 2004: Jose Mourinho appoints Rodgers as Chelsea youth team manager
- 2006: The Blues promote him to reserve team manager
- 2008: Joins Watford
- June 2009: Returns to Reading to replace Steve Coppell
- December 2009: Leaves by mutual consent after a bad start
- July 2010: Returns to management with Swansea
- May 2011: Guides the Swans to promotion via play-offs
- May 2012: Leads Swansea to 11th in their first Premier League campaign
"We might not be ready for the title now but the process begins today."
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner said former Watford and Reading boss Rodgers was the only person the club made an offer to, while the former Chelsea coach promised to bring relentless attacking football to Anfield.
The club scrapped plans to appoint a director of football.
"That was something I made clear I couldn't work with," added Rodgers. "What you need is an outstanding team. We will form a technical board that will have four or five people that will decide the way forward."
Liverpool fans have given a mixed reception to the appointment of Rodgers but the new man in charge at Anfield has vowed to win over the doubters.
"Hopefully over time I will earn that respect," he said.
"If you can have success, hopefully you can be here for many years. It's a real special club. I'm really looking forward to moving here to the city."
Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry said: "We do not expect miracles overnight, nor should anyone else."