Liverpool hires Rodgers as new manager

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“It’s an aim for every manager at a top club,” he said. “That’s the holy grail, but also, in time, we want to be challenging for the title. For me, and it’s not going to be straight away because that’s not realistic, winning the title is something we want to achieve. It’s not just aiming for fourth place.

“The Champions League is fantastic and that’s where this club wants to be. … I’m very much a realist. It’s certainly going to be a few years in relation to where the team is at now. It will need some investment and it will need time for me to work.”

Liverpool ruled English soccer in the 1970s and 1980s, but hasn’t won a league title since 1990. It remains one of the world’s most famous and successful clubs, having won the European Cup/Champions League five times _ behind only Real Madrid (9) and AC Milan (5).

“This is a club that’s based on fast, attacking, offensive football,” Rodgers said. “But I’ll repeat, it’s very important to have tactical discipline within that. Your philosophy and your principles will always be governed by the players.

“There is a fantastic squad here, some terrific players, but there is no doubt I’ll need to make maybe two, three or four additions to try and get that flow _ and it will take time to put that in place.”

Liverpool will have to pay compensation to Swansea _ reported to be in the region of 4 million pounds ($6.2 million) _ because Rodgers had three years left on his contract.

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