Football - Rodgers appreciates learning curve

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his first season in charge has been a learning curve he needed to fully comprehend the "monumental challenge" ahead of him.

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The Reds boss has made numerous changes on and off the pitch and learned some valuable lessons since being appointed as Kenny Dalglish's successor last June.

That has led to an up-and-down campaign which will see the inconsistent Reds finish seventh irrespective of their result against QPR on Sunday at the conclusion of the Barclays Premier League season.

But while Rodgers accepts he possibly did not fully appreciate what was required when he took over he is already looking to next season with greater confidence.

"This has been a great learning curve for me this season. I probably needed it this year," he said.

"I've been in football a long time and I came here because of the challenge to get Liverpool back into the top four. It is a monumental challenge but it is the reason I came.

"I knew it was a big ask but it is not until you come in you really understand the total task of what needs to be achieved.

"This is a footballing institution, a worldwide football club, and you are not only managing the on-field stuff you are managing a community here and that is something I am very proud to do.

"I have needed this year to learn the real depths of this club, everything that needs to be done, and I think come the summer we will be in a much better place to put in a sustainable challenge at the top of the table.

"This season will have been a disappointing one for supporters in terms of trophies for them but they will have seen progress."

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