Liverpool morning news, Rodgers praise for backroom staff, ex-boss tips him for accolade

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised his assistants for their role in guiding the Reds into the title race this season.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo that he had no doubts over bringing assistant manager Colin Pascoe with him to Anfield after he worked with him at Swansea City.

The Northern Irishman also stressed the importance of having people around the club from the city such as Mike Marsh.

Rodgers said: “I had no doubts about bringing Colin to Liverpool. He’s a wonderful co-ordinator between the players and myself.

“I work closely with players. I talk and communicate with them a lot and Colin offers great support and that front. They respect him.

“Mike is a Liverpool boy who has a close affinity with the club. He is developing as a coach all the time and developing his communication with top players.

“Behind the team we have a really professional group of people. Everyone is working with a clear vision to be the best.”

For Reds’ boss Roy Evans has said that Rodgers has to win manager of the year, regardless of whether Liverpool become champions or not.

Evans told the Liverpool Echo: “No-one expected Liverpool to be where they are now. He has taken us from seventh last season to top with just five matches to go. He has done a fantastic job.

“I’ve been jumping out of my seat watching Liverpool this season and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that.

“The lads really look like they are enjoying their football and they are a pleasure to watch. They deserve to be where they are. The league table doesn’t lie.”

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