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Rodgers: I need more than three years to fix Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers has admitted that it may take longer than his three-year contract to fix Liverpool.
Rodgers and Liverpool again found themselves coming under scrutiny following Wednesday's League Cup exit at the hands of Swansea City and the Northern Irishman has warned there is no quick fix.
"I have signed a three-year deal here and the process will go on beyond that," Rodgers said. "Hopefully I can be here to keep building it. I am loving every minute here. I came for the challenge, but it is easier said than done.
"I just look at the stats over the last three years and it has been going the other way. Our job was to spin that around and, through a lot of hard work, get us on an upward spiral."
The Liverpool boss questioned the recruitment policy adopted by previous managers that has seen many of the club's big moves underwhelm, including Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson.
"The investment in a small period of time was big for the club," he said. "This was going to be a season of assessing and trying to bring in the players who can fit the model. I was also brought in for a reason. It was going to take time. The owners are fully aware of that as well. The support from them has been fantastic - they have the helicopter view of the big picture."
Rodgers is expected to have money to play with in the January transfer window and Arsenal's Theo Walcott is reportedly in his sights. But Liverpool may be unable to match the firepower of some of the Premier League's big spenders with the Reds having to sell fringe players to balance the books, such as the sale of Charlie Adam earlier this season.
"Things had to be done," he said. "I was always given the confidence from the owners that this was not going to be a quick fix but I am confident that we can make the squad capable of competing on all fronts. What we hope is to add to the group in the coming years and slowly make progress up the league.
"It is where the club has to be, we have to be challenging for the top four positions. If you look at what the other clubs are spending, there is quite a bit of work to do."