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Premier League

Brendan Rodgers sees progress at Liverpool - but knows he needs to make more

Former Swansea manager wants to remain at Anfield for the long term

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he would love to remain in the Anfield dugout for years to come, but acknowledges that his long-term job prospects are dependent upon short-term results.

Rodgers, who is in his first full season in charge on Merseyside following his move from Swansea City in the summer, has enjoyed his first few months in the job and has made no secret of his desire to continue to oversee the club's fortunes in future campaigns.

"I was asked to come in and build the club over the long term. I'm fully aware however, in the short term you need to produce results. Of course this is a club I would love to be at for a long period of time because it is one of the few institutions in football.

"This is very much a destination for me as a manager but I have got to show improvements in the club on a yearly basis. Of course I would love to be here long term, but obviously you have to take care of the short term and show that development. I think we have showed that progression this year and I hope we can make more strides next year and keep the club moving forward," said Rodgers.

A feature of Rodgers short tenure has been the continually eye-catching performances of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker has been in sensational form throughout the season while notching an impressive tally of 29 goals, and Rodgers has been quick to acknowledge his significant contribution.

"He (Suarez) has a real determination and commitment to do well for Liverpool and that side of his game certainly puts him up there with the very best I've worked with. He is definitely one of the most naturally talented and mentally strong players I have ever worked with."

Liverpool welcome Sam Allardyce and West Ham United to Anfield on Sunday, but the Hammers will be without loanee Andy Carroll who is not permitted to feature against his parent club. The striker, who arrived at Anfield for £35 million in January 2011, has suffered with injury during his season-long loan spell at Upton Park, but continues to be the subject of frenzied transfer speculation.


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