Rodgers wants to win with style
Anfield chief wants to bring winning football to the club this season
Last Updated: June 19, 2012 11:43am
Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss ready to turn on the style at Anfield this season
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants a return to the old pass and move style that was synonymous with the club during their halcyon days.
Rodgers is an avid student of the game and the style and philosophy of his Swansea team last term saw them dubbed "the Barcelona of the Premier League".
Many observers believe he will take that same style to Anfield, however, the former Watford manager insists Liverpool do not need to emulate any club's style, because they already have their own unique brand of play.
"The way I want to play here is the Liverpool way," he told the club's official website.
"The history and tradition of this club has been about offensive football, attacking football - but always with discipline.
"The game will be based around what Liverpool are about, which is control, dominating games with the ball, working very hard when you haven't got the ball, and keeping the game as simple as possible.
"Of course I'll bring in a certain philosophy which I'm attached to, but the principles of your game are based around the players.
"I suppose the Tiki-Taka football has come from Barcelona and that Spanish version. It probably came up with the players at Swansea, who referred to it a lot in our training and our work on having the ball and resting on the ball."
Resting on the ball is a phrase the Northern Irishman has coined which means working as hard as you can to recover possession and only resting once you have it.
Yet, Rodgers knows that what Liverpool fans ultimately want to see is winning football, and he is determined to bring that.
"It doesn't matter if it's Tiki-Taka football or possession football - the supporters and all of us want winning football. That's what the philosophy will be about," he added.
"It will be about playing attractive, attacking football full of imagination. For me the best thing about the game other than scoring goals is having the football, and that'll be the idea and the fundamentals we'll work on - but they are playing ultimately to win.
"We're in the business of winning and hopefully we can entertain along the way."