Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers praised by chairman Tom Werner

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with Chairman Tom Werner and Chief Executive Ian Ayre
Manager Brendan Rodgers (centre) has been priased by Liverpool's chairman Tom Werner (right)

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has praised the work that manager Brendan Rodgers has done during his first season in charge.

A run of just one defeat in 12 matches helped Rodgers's side to seventh place in the Premier League - their highest points tally in three seasons.

"I think Brendan has made remarkable progress," Werner said.

"He's a great strategist and has shown strong leadership as he has led the team through this season."

Rodgers will celebrate a year in charge at Anfield next week, having succeeded Kenny Dalglish at the end of the 2011-12 campaign in which Liverpool finished eighth, on 52 points.

In his debut season, Rodgers improved on the tally by nine points and the Reds also scored more than 70 goals in a league campaign for only the second time in 12 seasons.

The former Swansea manager failed to deliver any silverware but Werner is encouraged by the side's recent momentum.

"The club is definitely moving in the right direction under Brendan," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"Obviously there is disappointment that we didn't finish higher in the table but the team has certainly improved as the season has gone on.

"We scored a lot more goals than last season. The 38 away league goals was the club's highest number in a league season since 1990."

Rodgers allowed nine players to leave the club during his first campaign but added Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to his squad in January.

A fee has been agreed with West Ham for the sale of Andy Carroll and Werner hopes to support his manager's wishes to add more quality to the squad if a push for Champions League qualification is to be achieved next season.

"To see the new additions in January, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, perform so well has been very positive to see," Werner said.

"Our intention is to strengthen the squad further this summer and, as owners, we're very optimistic and excited about the future."

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