Brendan Rodgers Quotes

Comments on Being Liverpool

“I’ve got to be honest, i never watched it. It was already in place before i came in so there was no choice in it. I’m very private in my work, and even more so outside of it. It was something i didn’t watch, and thankfully it’s over.”

Football in Liverpool and the Merseyside Derby

“It’s everything. For the people of Liverpool football is a way of life. For many other citys or countries it’s a sport and it’s a pastime but football here is a way of life”

“Worldwide, Liverpool’s a club that is renowned throughout, i think you go to wherever Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, as far away as you can, everyone knows about Liverpool”

Recent Quotes From an Interview With The Anfield Wrap

“You know I could have stayed in my comfortable chair in South Wales having the first Welsh team that got promoted and been there a number of years, but for me I wanted to work at a club that was world class and at the very, very top.”

“I’ve always worked along the statistic, that if you can dominate the game with the ball you have a 79% chance of winning a game of football.”

“We’ll come up against teams that will push right onto us and then the tactic has to be slightly different and you’ve got to go a little bit longer in your build up, and hit maybe the second or the third line of pass.”

“I believe a young player will run through a barbed wire fence for you. An older player looks for a hole in the fence, he’ll try and get his way through it some way, but the young player will fight for you.”

“I look at Jamie Carragher here. I said in the training the other day, listen he’s 34 years of age now, Jamie, right, but his attitude – he’s been doing this for 18 years – and his attitude the other day in training was still the very best.”

“It’s no point saying, ‘I’ll show you what I’m like if I can get 15-20 minutes on the pitch.’ You have to show me what you’re like every single day of your life. To fight for the shirt. Not just if you’re going to get 15 minutes on a Saturday or a Sunday or a Thursday.”

“If you can’t play football and you’re at Liverpool you shouldn’t be here. You shouldn’t be here.”

Talking about Lucas
“He’s one of the disciples. I would say he understands totally what we’re doing.”
“I’m going to use him to also go out and look at some games for me because he’s tactically very good.”

Talking about Luis Suarez
“He’s so clever. I mean if I think about me managing against him last year he was one of the players I thought: ‘You need to be careful of this little bugger!’”

On Joe Allen
“Joe Allen is one of the most courageous players I’ve seen. He’ll take the ball in any situation and use his body well and get himself out”

“When you’ve got the ball 65-70% of the time it’s a football death for the other team. We’re not at that stage yet but that’s what we will get to. It’s death by football. You just suck the life out of them.”

Quotes From brendan Rodgers’ First Press Conference
“I genuinely think Liverpool Football Club is the heartland of football folklore.”

“You train dogs, i like to educate players.”

“Liverpool supporters are very educated in the game. We were here with Swansea earlier in the season and their style of football got a round of applause at the end of the game. That doesn’t happen very often at away grounds.”

“This is an iconic football club. It’s a club that’s up there with the world’s great. When you talk Liverpool Football Club you’re talking Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, AC Milan. It’s an enormous club.”

“I will always fight for my life for Liverpool, and that will be on and off the field.”

Brendan Rodgers’ first Liverpool press conference:

“I will leave no stone unturned in my quest – and that quest will be relentless – to try and get Liverpool back on the map again as a successful football club.”

“I want to use the incredible support to make coming to Anfield the longest 90 minutes of an opponent’s life.”

“I’d rather lose a game trying to win it, than lose it trying not to get beat”

“Whenever I was playing as a youth international with Northern Ireland we would play Spain, France, Switzerland and the like. And we were always chasing the ball. In my mind, even at that young age, I remember thinking ‘I’d rather play in that team than this team.”

“When we have the football everybody’s a player. The difference with us is that when we have the ball we play with 11 men, other teams play with 10 and a goalkeeper.”

“But that’s the problem with being a manager – it’s like trying to build an aircraft while it is flying.”

“Football is global, but it’s also about fun. It’s an entertainment and we must not forget that.”

“If you give a bad player time, he can play. If you give a good player time, he can kill you.”

Comments on individual players

“At 18, he has demonstrated outstanding technical qualities but also shown very good temperament to play for such a prestigious club.”

Luis Suarez
“Obviously Luis has got a wee bit of a tag because of some of the times he has gone down, but unfortunately for him it’s stuck with him, and not lots of other people”

“He’s a good guy. From the outside looking in you think he’s a little rascal, and some of the things he gets up to…. but when you come in here you see his honesty, and you see his hard work every day, it’s a part of his culture growing up. He’s a real handful on his day”

“He’s a real catalyst for the team”

Commenting on his dive in front of David Moyes in the Merseyside Derby:
“I thought it was quite funny, and to be fair David did.  It’s also something that’s gone out of the game a bit. That bit of wit, that bit of fun.”