Rodgers represents a clean slate, a new start, a fresh chapter in Liverpool's inescapable history. On the wall of Rodgers's office at Liverpool's Melwood training ground, above his widescreen computer and a colour-coded desk filing system, hang black and white images of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and the great sides of yesteryear.
The past is always on your shoulder at Anfield, a reminder of what has gone before and the expectation of what will come again, but the man from Northern Ireland is well-versed in that heritage.
"It has been a smooth transition and that is down to the people at the football club and the people of this great city," he told BBC Sport.
"You have to have a sense of the past, a sense of the present and a sense of the future. I'll do whatever it takes to make Liverpool successful, my life is devoted. The people have been great. I live my life for football and the passion around this city is incredible."
There have been
the casual and complimentary references to Kenny Dalglish,
the recalling of childhood memories when he watched the great sides of the 1970s and 1980s with his Liverpool-supporting father and grandfather and clear links between his own footballing principles and those of the club's great managers.
The question now is can Rodgers walk the walk?
"I'm under no illusion, there's a lot to be done," he said. "You can't hide away from the nuts and bolts, which is about hard work and honesty. It will take a wee bit of time to get it how we want it.
Analysis - Ian Rush
Rush on Rodgers:
"He is a very down-to-earth person, a young manager who is improving all the time. He has learned a lot from Jose Mourinho and that helps."
Rush on expectations:
"I've been saying we will win the league every summer since 1990 but I'm still waiting for that to happen! I would like to see Liverpool finish in the top four. I think we will know after that first very tough month or so."
Rush on Carroll:
"I think Andy was very unlucky last season. He is only a young lad and people do take time to settle in. It is up to him to impress the manager. You have to say 'I'm going to make it impossible to leave me out'."
"I know where we want to end up. The energy we can draw from the unity between the players, the club and the supporters is the key. Together we can go far."
"I'm here to make this club competitive again," Rodgers said. "The last three years we've finished seventh, sixth and eighth. This is a massive job."
The former Swansea manager sees parallels with his previous job and believes minor tweaks, rather than a major overhaul, can transform the club's fortunes.
"When I arrived at Swansea they'd only scored 40 goals in the previous season, one of the lowest in any league," Rodgers said.
"With a slight structural change, a more offensive game and a few new players, it totally changed our fortunes.
"Sometimes it is just a little change, working on people's minds, giving them confidence and the belief that wherever we go in the world, we are good enough to win the game."
Now he must lift a squad short of confidence, short on depth and short on talent, by Rodgers's own admission.
"You've got some of the world's best supporters here and the playing group is not quite at that level yet," he said.
He has already begun to impose his distinctly Spanish vision on the squad. His Liverpool team will press to win the ball high up the field and aim to retain it so relentlessly that the opposition feel it is "the longest 90 minutes of their life".
The career of Brendan Rodgers
In pre-season the squad have been challenged to win the ball back within seven seconds of losing it.
His 4-3-3 will take time to bed in though. Much will depend on the impact made by
new signing Fabio Borini.
Last season the then Roma forward averaged a goal every 194 minutes, compared to one every 232 minutes for Luis Suarez and one every 516 minutes for Andy Carroll.
Liverpool's problem last season was wastefulness in front of goal, so Rodgers must find a solution, and better still, some luck.
His style will inevitably bring more fluidity to the midfield and, with that, much-needed width. Swansea's wide forwards stretched teams by maintaining width, in turn allowing the likes of Joe Allen more time and space to pull the strings in midfield. His
arrival at Anfield was inevitable,
he will be a vital cog in the midfield machine.
"When people look at teams like Spain they just see this great flowing team," Rodgers added. "There is lots of teaching, lots of hard work, many hours on the training ground to get there. There is a lot of courage by the players and a lot of bravery.
"There are many things that make you play with that fluidity, to be that effective. That is going to take time but when you have the ball up to 60 or 70% of possession, you have to be in condition because you're pressing at every opportunity and resting with the ball.
Liverpool's opening fixtures
West Brom (a)
Man City (h)
Man Utd (h)
"I like my team to dominate and control the opponent but in order to do that you need to have the ball. When you don't have it, you are working very, very hard and very quickly in short spaces to get the ball back. When we haven't got the ball I want to see that hunger to get it back."
first five weeks
will test Rodgers and his squad to the limit. The futures of
remain unclear and home matches against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United will provide the sternest of tests.
But, according to the Liverpool manager, those are challenges that should be welcomed, rather than feared. "It is a magnificent opportunity," he said. "It's something I'm really looking forward to.
"You have to play every team, whether that is at the beginning, the middle or the end. What we have is a great opportunity to really get the vibrancy back into Anfield. Sometimes that takes the big games.
"Every game is going to be vital, home and away, and there is no better way to start than the big games that we have. We will be on fire by then."
A top-four finish is the target, but Liverpool fans want to see improvement and progress. More than anything they want to be given hope.
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