Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wants to leave a legacy at Liverpool that goes beyond just winning trophies.
Just more than half-way through his second season as Reds boss, Rodgers has guided Liverpool to second in the Premier League, and on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009.
And whilst a return to Europe’s elite competition remains the priority, followed by winning trophies, Rodgers is keen to look after the club in the long term.
“I’ve been satisfied in terms of the progress we have made but there is still a long way to go in terms of where I want to go with the whole project,” he said.
“Hopefully it continues to grow. We have gone from a team who was looking to put a style of football in place – high energy, high tempo – to one who wants to have success running alongside that and success is getting into the Champions League.
“This first 18 months has been (about) implementing and introducing a lot of ideas which are hopefully bearing fruit and the next 18 months is about developing and enhancing that.
“Over the next 18 months we want to eventually be really challenging on the trophy front.”
Whilst Rodgers is firmly focused on success this season, he also as an eye on the future and further developing the talented young players the Reds have on their books.
Rodgers has overseen Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling’s breakthrough to the first team this season, and hopes plenty more will follow in their footsteps.
“There’s no point in having a youth system and an academy system in place if you’re not going to look from within,” Rodgers told LFCTV GO.
“For me and how I work, it’s part of my definition of success. When I eventually retire from football I want to be able to look back and see that not only have I won trophies but I’ve developed a football club that has brought through their own players and individuals and made them better.
“Other managers may be different and might just be about purely winning trophies but for me success isn’t just picking up the trophy at the end of the season.
“It’s also about the football club, giving the value to young players and seeing them develop.”