Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Borussia Dortmund’s re-emergence as a major European force is a prime example of how a club can rebuild, and hopes to emulate their recent success, according to The
Dortmund approached near-bankruptcy eight years ago, and adjusted their policy to focus on the youth division at the club – an approach similar to that which Rodgers has attempted to instill at Anfield this season.
With the Kop presently sitting seventh in the league Rodgers is unlikely to have a huge war chest provided to him for summer recruitments, but believes that the system at Dortmund provides a blueprint for clubs who do not have the financial power of the likes of Chelsea or Man City.
The former Swansea boss said: “You can challenge [for the top four] without spending £80m in one summer. Look at the example of Borussia Dortmund – a team that won the Champions League and then struggled financially.
“They went out and rebuilt and it took them four to five years to push on. Then they won the league and their European work suffered. This year you can see they have put their focus on Europe and they have lost their title. That’s a team that has been growing over five years.
“Unless you have got the Manchester City or Chelsea money and just bring in £70m-£80m worth in one summer to add to a Champions League-winning group, you need a different way. I think this [Dortmund’s] is the best way because you are not just looking after the team but also the club.
“Of course, supporters will always look at the team but for me it’s bigger than that to have success. It’s about all aspects of the club, so that when you do arrive you are in a strong position.”
Rodgers claims that it was this view of investment in youth which saw his reign at Reading end when he was sacked in December 2009. He said: “The idea when I came in was to bring through young players over a period of time. Then they decided it was not the route.”
Liverpool travel to the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday afternoon when they face the struggling Royals, and Rodgers hopes that new manager Nigel Adkins is given the time to build a squad as opposed to being asked to deliver a quick fix.
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