Liverpool and Swansea agree Brendan Rodgers compensation

Liverpool have agreed a compensation deal with Premier League rivals Swansea for manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 39-year-old is expected to sign a three-year contract to become Liverpool boss and his appointment is likely to be confirmed within 24 hours.

Who is Brendan Rodgers?

  • 1973: Born 26 January in Carnlough, Northern Ireland
  • 1987: Begins career as a defender with Ballymena United
  • 1990: Joins Reading as a teenager before being forced to retire through injury. Remains as a coach
  • 2004: Jose Mourinho appoints Rodgers as Chelsea youth team manager
  • 2006: The Blues promote him to reserve team manager
  • 2008: Joins Watford
  • June 2009: Returns to Reading to replace Steve Coppell
  • December 2009: Leaves by mutual consent after a bad start
  • July 2010: Returns to management with Swansea
  • May 2011: Guides the Swans to promotion via play-offs
  • May 2012: Leads Swansea to 11th in their first Premier League campaign

Swansea first-team coach Colin Pascoe, match-analyst Chris Davies and conditioning expert Glen Driscoll will move with Rodgers to Anfield.

Swansea said they had agreed "suitable compensation" for the quartet.

Liverpool finished a disappointing eighth in the league last season and sacked club legend Kenny Dalglish as manager on 16 May.

A statement on Swansea's official website on Thursday said:  "We can today confirm that a compensation package with Liverpool has been agreed for manager Brendan Rodgers and three members of his backroom staff.

"The club now starts its search for Brendan's successor. That involves looking at a number of chosen candidates who are well suited to provide Swansea City with continuity which we feel is paramount to our ongoing development as a Premier League club."

Liverpool have announced they will hold a news conference at Anfield on Friday at 1000 BST, where they are expected to unveil Rodgers.

Last season the Reds were 17 points away from a Champions League qualification spot, but won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final.

In contrast, Northern Irishman Rodgers guided Swansea to an impressive 11th place in their first season in the Premier League, including a 1-0 win over Liverpool on the final day of the season.

Jose Mourinho on Rodgers

"I like everything in him. He is ambitious and does not see football very differently from myself. He is open, likes to learn and likes to communicate"

After parting ways with Dalglish, Liverpool embarked on an extensive search for a new manager.

The Reds were linked not only with Rodgers and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez but also former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas,  ex-England coach Fabio Capello  and Ajax manager Frank de Boer. 

Rodgers declined the opportunity to speak to Liverpool about the vacancy 12 days ago, and instead the club's hierarchy sought a meeting with Wigan's Martinez.

But it appears Rodgers was always the preferred candidate, despite Wigan chairman Dave Whelan at one point suggesting his manager had been offered the job at Anfield.

The proposed appointment of Louis Van Gaal as sporting director looks increasingly unlikely, with Rodgers believed to have demanded complete control of football matters.

The career of Brendan Rodgers