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Name Brendan Rodgers
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Ethnic English
Job English Football Coach
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Club as Coach Leicester City
  Celtic FC

2014 05 04 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Chelsea’s tactics in a 2-0 win away to his Liverpool side] They parked two buses rather than one

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looking ahead to the new campaign instead of dwelling in the past] I wasn’t lying on a sun lounger on a beach over the summer crying and fretting over the fact that we lost the league

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers compares Raheem Sterling’s stunning run against Tottenham Hotspur to former Spurs hero Ricardo Villa’s famous goal in 1981. He was less complementary about the England man’s shot on goal, though] I had to laugh when he almost scored the fourth - he dribbled through the Spurs defence like Ricky Villa, but his finish was more like Ricky Gervais

2014 12 01 Retrieve

[Steven Gerrard offered new Liverpool deal] Steven’s been offered a contract here, and that’s where it’s at. After everything he’s done here, Steven deserves that respect, and should be given that time to consider that. It’s a big move, not just in his life, in terms of committing to where his next contract’s going to be. He needs to be given that time and respect to look at that. There are probably many things Steven has to look at in a decision like that, but it certainly won’t be about money. I’ve spoken to him enough times, and at length, and that certainly won’t be the case, so I think that between now and the end of the season, he deserves that opportunity to have a think as to where he’s at

[Gerrard played the final 15 minutes against Stoke, with Rodgers denying he had snubbed his captain] I love working with Steven Gerrard. He’s arguably the best player who has ever played in the Premier League. I’ve enjoyed every single minute of working with him here, and I hope that continues. But I need to give him the opportunity to think for as long as it takes in order to decide what he wants to do next. I’ve seen some unfortunate reports yesterday about a rift between him and me. If there are two words that describe our relationship, they would be honesty and respect. He’s been an outstanding player over his time and my time here. He’s been absolutely brilliant. He’s at the stage of his career where it’s not so much about the number of games that he plays now, it’s about the level of the games. That’s something we’ll work with and look at

[Asked directly if there had been any fall-out with] No - 150%, no. I was very surprised to see that. I think Steven made the same point on social media. He and I have a fantastic relationship. I have huge respect for him, not just as a player, but as a person

2014 12 02 Retrieve

[Liverpool accept Steven Gerrard could quit Anfield for a fresh challenge] There are other factors involved that are as much about life as they are about football. One thing I know absolutely is that it is not about money. It is not about finances.

[When it was put to Rodgers that other top clubs may come in for Gerrard] I can only think about the situation here and I hope there is a solution with the club and the representatives. It is not about the money, it is about the time of his career in terms of playing. He is a big, big talent

2014 12 02b Retrieve

[Rodgers rejected the idea that Gerrard might now be eased into a coaching role] At this moment in time he is still very much a player. This is his concentration. When I see how he trains and works it is still about playing. Then, maybe there is a role further down the line. To have someone like that beside you in a coaching capacity would be great. At this moment it is purely about football. He is 35 years old at the end of this season and still has a couple of years to play if he wants to. There are many things at this stage he needs to factor in, it is not just about football

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Steven Gerrard] The word I would describe him as is ‘Liverpool’. He’s very much about looking after his people. He loves his city. He’s had numerous opportunities to leave here for prestigious clubs. But Liverpool’s his home. What he’s given to this city, politicians, hospitals and local charities haven’t given to this city

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[After Barcelona beat Celtic 7-0 in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] They are very special players. I had the great fortune to work with one of them and Luis (Suarez) was at his top level. It’s a front three that can occupy as many players as you want. We had five in the back line but their movement, speed and touch can make it very difficult for you. They are world class players and showed it tonight

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] First of all, when you speak about Luis Suarez, you have to speak about the man. Luis Suarez is one of the most beautiful men you could come across. He’s a very humble guy who works tirelessly at his profession. He is a super-professional, a family man who gives everything for his life as a footballer and his family. I had the pleasure of working with him for two years and he was incredible and as a footballer, he is the best in the world. The biggest compliment you can give Luis is that he came to an already world-class team and he made them even better. When I see them play now, Barcelona would not be the same team without Luis Suarez

2016 09 15 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] If I were to have a striker in my team, apart from Lionel Messi, he’s certainly the one. [. . .] The only difference I see is that he plays now in a team that can maximise his ability. He’s always been creative, he’s always been a worker and how he presses the game. When he first went there people were questioning whether he was good enough and that he was there to just feed the others. He’s that type of player with his work rate and mentality that gets the respect of his team-mates very quickly

2016 09 16 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] For him not to be in the top three of the Ballon d’Or was incredible [. . .]. He left Liverpool as a world-class player and he’s gone into a Barcelona team that was already up there and made them better. Playing with that level of players as well has obviously made him a better player. He’s still young enough to win that accolade but he’s certainly up there with the best

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] My team [Swansea] had played against him the season before. Initially I just thought he was a pest. He was one of those boys in around and the box he’d create and provoke a reaction from a defender. Having the chance to then go in and work with him … I just felt each game he got better and better

2016 09 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] He [Suarez] has shown in his time at Liverpool in the last year or so that he is near unplayable. He on his own can occupy a back four with his movement and his cleverness

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Barcelona’s Luis Suarez is the best in the world] First of all, when you speak about Luis Suarez, you have to speak about the man. Luis Suarez is one of the most beautiful men you could come across. He’s a very humble guy who works tirelessly at his profession. He is a super-professional, a family man who gives everything for his life as a footballer and his family. I had the pleasure of working with him for two years and he was incredible and as a footballer, he is the best in the world. The biggest compliment you can give Luis is that he came to an already world-class team and he made them even better

2019 02 26 Retrieve

[Celtic ‘very reluctantly’ grant Rodgers permission to speak with Leicester City] I see the attraction of Leicester. They are very wealthy. They play in one of the top leagues in the world and there would be money to spend. But I would still argue that in terms of clubs, Leicester are nowhere near Celtic. And I say that with the greatest respect

2019 02 26b Retrieve

[Leicester confirm Rodgers appointment from Celtic following Puel sacking] I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club. Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward

2019 05 21 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Rodgers explains Okazaki exit] It is respecting his desires and at the stage of his career, he is 33 and has been a wonderful servant here. He is world renowned now because of his story with Leicester City, but he wants to go back to playing as a striker and have that opportunity. He is in the latter stages of his career. From the outside watching him you could see his honesty, the type of player he is and the quality he has, but actually it is only when you work with him on a day-to-day basis you find out he is a star. He gets on with his work, is very low maintenance and is ready when you need him

[Whatever his destination, he is keen to return to a more attacking role than he was generally deployed in at Leicester, having made his name as an out-and-out forward] As a striker you are judged on your goals in your game. Here he played more as a third midfield player, where he could link the game between the midfield and Jamie (Vardy). He is also very clever in his pressing. He can press. However, he sees his strengths and his positioning as a striker and unfortunately here that opportunity would be limited, but also I think he is keen to try in another country. I am sure wherever he goes he will be a great success. I don’t know where and I don’t think even he knows yet. He feels it is probably time to move on but his contribution will never be forgotten. He is honest and every day he works so hard. He does it all with an energy, enthusiasm and a smile

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on Adrien Silva] I’ve had a long conversation with Adrien and I know where he’s at and what he’s thinking. He’s an experienced player, he’s 30 years of age and players like him want to be playing. The window is open for another few weeks so there may be something that comes up

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers on James Maddison] James is a bit like Philippe Coutinho - they’re players who are recognised for their talent. But then to maximise that talent, in order for them to participate in the game at the highest level, they also have to be able to contribute to a press. Of course, James has his strengths, so you let him flourish with those strengths. But then we helped him with the tactical discipline. And he’s becoming very, very good at it

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Ben Chilwell injury explained as Leicester City prepare to face Aston Villa] Hopefully he’ll be ok for the weekend. He had a slight problem at the top of his leg, his hip area. We’ll see how he goes over the next couple of days, but hopefully he’ll be ok

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Rodgers has moved to quash any rumours, insisting Leicester have no intention to sell in January] There will be no one leaving in January. Categorically. I’m sure if we speak [to the hierarchy], they will have the same message. I speak regularly with Jon [Rudkin, director of football] and Top [Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman]. It’s very clear we want to keep this squad together. We want to ensure they stay around beyond January

[Rodgers, though, does not believe the speculation over Maddison’s future will impact the 23-year-old] It’s the nature of the game. When you’re doing well, there will always be speculation around you and James and one or two of the boys, they understand that.

He’s been brilliant. He’s started the season very well, he’s been very efficient and very productive. And he’s getting better. He’s a bright young player and he’s got a bright future

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Leicester boss Rodgers, meanwhile, has now progressed in 29 successive cup matches across spells with Liverpool, Celtic and the Foxes, but he praised his counterpart for his impact since Marco Silva’s dismissal] I think what you’ve seen in these last few games is that [Ferguson] has given the crowd and the team real spirit. He was great on the touchline. When I saw him from the outside, he’s a true Evertonian, but he’s also a very good coach

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers says Leicester’s forthcoming fixture against Manchester City will really test how likely they are to win this year’s Premier League title] They [City] play at a fantastic level, it’s a great opportunity for us to show our level. At the beginning of the season nobody really expected us to be in the position that we’re in. The players have been absolutely first class throughout the season… we have a belief in our work and how we work. People will look at it at this stage of the season and try and say that Liverpool have maybe won the title and Manchester City won’t, or will Leicester do it again? (But) there is still so much football to play

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers discusses nine changes to Leicester City XI for West Ham game] Obviously a few have been enforced. Jamie Vardy’s wife has her child today, so Jamie is with her, so congratulations to both of them. Ricardo felt his hamstring so it was too big a risk. Also, with the turnaround of less than 48 hours, we can’t afford to risk injury of players, especially when I’ve got players I really trust that are a very important part of the squad. For us, we need to play our maximum and on the limit, the ability to run, be aggressive and hopefully we can do that

It’s very much about the squad at this part of the season. I trust they squad, they are all fresh and looking forward to it.

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Leicester City boss Rodgers reveals Ndidi’s return date] He’s back out on the pitches now which is great news for us. The importance of him is huge for this team. He’s recovering very well. He’s worked with medics. He’s been out on the field the last few days so we‘ll see how he is. I think it will be too soon for him to be back for Wednesday’s game [against West Ham] but certainly by the weekend and I would say for Aston Villa, hopefully, he will be available

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has said the Foxes won’t send Hamza Choudhury out on loan this month] No [on Choudhury going on loan]. We don’t want to weaken our squad, which is important for us in this window, so we will be keeping the players we want to keep here. If we can strengthen and add one or two then great. If not, then every player that is here is going to be very important from now until the end of the season

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Speaking after Leicester’s 1-0 FA Cup foruth-round win at Brentford. Rodgers open to Benkovic loan] We’re hopeful that will be sooner rather than later, over the next few days if we can bring in a centre half then that will give him a chance to get out. He definitely needs the games and we’re hoping that will take place

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Leicester City contract talks for Christian Fuchs as Brendan Rodgers seeks to delay New York move] You see his fitness level for his age, how he can come in and show up at that level. He’s a brilliant professional and I’ve loved having him about and working with him.

It’s a conversation we will have [on a new contract]. He knows he won’t play as much but he knows my trust in him. He knows the game, he’s very good tactically in the game and he can play in a couple of positions so he offers us great cover

[If Fuchs signs a one-year extension, he will be booking himself in for a sixth season at City] I think he’s really enjoyed his football this year. He’s trained so well. He’s always been clear on his role. Christian is the type that that clarity really helps him, he knows where he’s at, and when I need him he’s always ready. I thought he was very good on Saturday and we’ll see how [contract talks] go over the coming months

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers saw the midweek FA Cup win over Birmingham as a springboard] It was important to get back to our game. These players have been absolutely incredible through the course of this season – and their honesty will get them back to their level

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Rodgers confirms Leicester players showing signs of coronavirus but Watford game goes ahead] We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus). We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad.

[Rodgers is among those hoping that turnstiles can remain open in England, but admits that Leicester and their domestic rivals must listen and adhere to the advice of relevant authorities] Of course, from a football perspective, it would be a shame, but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this. Working in football, it’s about having that agility to move with what’s happening in football. We’re guided by football and federations. We have to press on with our work and prepare as normal. The game is all about the players and the fans. If you have one of those not there, it’s obviously not the same

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Coutinho’s former manager Brendan Rodgers said today he believes the ex-Liverpool man will shine if he returns to the Premier League] Most people probably look at him and think he’s not for the Premier League but what a talent. He intimidates people when he has the ball with his quality. It’s sad to see, I hear people talk him down at the moment. This boy is top and if he comes to this league, he’ll show that. He’s world class

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Breaking FA Cup duck is inspiration for Leicester City] In our time together we wanted to create history of our own and throughout this season we have broken records and had performances that have enabled us to do that. The club has not won the competition. There is a real motivating factor for us to do it for ownership, the players and supporters. We’ve shown our intent in the cup competitions, getting to the semi-final of the League Cup and now the quarter-final of the FA Cup. We now want to get to the final. That has been the aim since the outset. We were really disappointed with the Aston Villa semi-final and created a number of chances, so that is something that we’ll use as a positive going forward. In order to succeed you need to feel that you’re never going to have it all your own way. You’ve got to lose games like that, semi-finals. There is a great motivation there not to have that feeling again

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Caglar Soyuncu saw a header deflect over, Leicester’s best chance, but the Foxes must wait another year for a chance to win a first FA Cup] That was much more like us, in terms of tempo and speed and pressing. We know we can score goals but in these first three games we just haven’t been as clinical. It’s disappointing to go out but there are positives. I feel for the players because I think they deserved more than that. The players have maintained that belief in themselves and we just couldn’t make the breakthrough. It was much more like us and we looked a real threat. That final pass or effort wasn’t falling for us. We need to show more conviction, but we have shown all season we can score. It’s a performance which will give us more confidence going forward

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers unfazed amid spike in cases in city] Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far throughout this situation. I have always said we will react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period. I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also. It is a very safe environment for the games to be in. We will just keep working until we are told otherwise.

[Asked whether his side would be at a disadvantage should their home games be moved away from the King Power Stadium] It is something I am not really thinking of. It is all hypothetical at the moment. We will just continue with our work

This is a team that’s a work in progress. This is the first little blip we’ve had for probably 14 months or so, which I can understand. It’s about a process, it always has. How the players have developed I’ve been really pleased with. We would love to win a trophy and our aim this season was European football. Unfortunately, we’ll have to put the cups on hold for another season but we have given everything we can in them so that will be a learning experience for us. With seven games to go, we’re still in a fantastic position to achieve what we set out to achieve. The break has disrupted us a little bit. But I’ve got great confidence in the squad. There’s a lot of young players who have this expectancy now having done so well that we have to live with. But that’s okay because it means they are doing something right.

[Rodgers hints at prioritising attacking transfer targets] It is certainly one of the areas we have been looking at. If you look from last season to this season our objective was to score more goals and that is what we have done. I felt that we needed a certain number of goals if we were to challenge for European football and up to now the players have surpassed that. But year on year that is something that we want to build towards having more creative options and different types of options. That is what we will look at as a club. The players until this point have been tremendous for me but year on year you want to keep improving and that is something that we can hopefully do in the summer

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers defended Jamie Vardy’s form and said his focus was on Leicester City as a whole amid their goalscoring struggles] There’s lots of focus on Jamie, but this is not just about Jamie, this is the responsibility of the team and it’s my responsibility to find ways in which we can find ways to increase our goalscoring. It’s the responsibility of everyone. I think if you look at his record in terms of his goals and what he has done up until this point, he hasn’t needed a lot of action, he’s a true finisher. He is not one of those players who is involved in the link-up, in the game. That’s not his strength. His strength is in the box and running from deep in behind. Of course we want to get him more service, but we are looking at ways to develop and get our wingers back to being involved and scoring and creating goals, and of course our midfield players. A lot of spotlight [is] on Jamie, but it is not just the striker, it’s the team’s contribution. So that’s something we need to improve

We are not that concerned about that at all [dropping out of top four]. We only played two games, we drew two. Yeah, it would have been better if we’d won them both but we are where we are. We are going to do our best to play better and I believe we will do. We are a good enough team, we are motivated and we will be going forwards with these positive ideas

2020 06 30b Retrieve

[Despite Leicester facing the threat of having their matches moved away from the city, Brendan Rodgers appeared relaxed about that prospect] Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far throughout this situation,” said Rodgers, who was speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Everton on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports. I have always said we will react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period. I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also. It is a very safe environment for the games to be in. We will just keep working until we are told otherwise

[Whether his side would be placed at a disadvantage should their home games be moved away from the King Power Stadium] It is something I am not really thinking of. It is all hypothetical at the moment. We will just continue with our work

[Rodgers also refused to suggest his Leicester were anything but on track to achieve their target of European football] This is a team that’s a work in progress. This is the first little blip we’ve had for probably 14 months or so, which I can understand. It’s about a process, it always has. How the players have developed I’ve been really pleased with. We would love to win a trophy and our aim this season was European football. Unfortunately, we’ll have to put the cups on hold for another season but we have given everything we can in them so that will be a learning experience for us. With seven games to go, we’re still in a fantastic position to achieve what we set out to achieve.

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Brendan Rodgers: No time to get emotional as Leicester fight to get season back on track] We accept we’re in an adverse moment and haven’t had the results we want but the challenge as a team is to come through that. It’s about that sense of perspective for me - not measuring it on the past four games but over the whole season and our talent has taken us to a great position. The experience tells you not to be too emotional. You go back to your basics, that’s always the best way to work, you can’t sprinkle magic dust on it all. We’re a fraction away from being what we want to be, you have to stay calm because we’ve been brilliant up to now and that way of working has done very well for us. No, we have no reservations about it at all. We’re in a bubble here at our training ground and we get tested regularly. It’s a huge credit to the people of the city of Leicester that they’re doing everything to adhere to what the government has asked