Manager Born: January 26, 1973 (39) Hometown: Carnlough, Northern Ireland
Previous Teams Managed: Watford (2008-2009), Reading (2009), Swansea City (2010-2012)
One of the top young managers in European football, Brendan Rodgers is in his first season at the helm of Liverpool Football Club following two successful seasons with Swansea City, guiding the Jacks to promotion to the Barclays Premier League in his first season, followed by an impressive 11th place finish in the Welsh club’s first ever BPL campaign.
He replaces LFC icon Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool boss, the latter being recognized as the best player in team history and a two-time manager of the club.
Rodgers’ appointment was based partially on his preference for attacking football. The Northern Irishman’s preferred 4-3-3 formation allowed Swansea to become one of the Premier League’s top attacking sides last season, and his professional philosophy fosters a close-knit club culture in the locker room.
Rodgers speaks Spanish and is in the process of learning Italian. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a Football League delegation on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care.