Fourth time lucky for Liverpool after Rodgers rejected three approaches

Liverpool made three failed approaches for Brendan Rodgers before finally getting their man on the fourth attempt, the Daily Mirror has reported. The reason for the new manager’s initial hat-trick of rejections was the prospect of working under a director of football, with Rodgers only agreeing to leave Swansea City when he was handed full control transfers.

There had been reports Liverpool were seeking to implement a structure with a senior management figure overseeing the club, with Louis van Gaal, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona Coach, strongly linked with the position. But Rodgers had no interest in working under such conditions and Liverpool so. But when the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, revised their plans to allow Rodgers greater authority, he agreed to leave the Liberty Stadium for Anfield.

Instead of one singular director of football appointment Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, will utilise a team of people working in conjunction with Rodgers, with the Northern Irishman having the deciding vote. He said: “ I wanted clarity that I would be in charge of football matters – and I didn’t agree until after talking three times about it. The new players that come in will be my signings, It’s very simple – you’ve got a manager and in and around that you’ve got different departments.

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