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Rodgers eyes Dortmund model

Brendan Rodgers believes Borussia Dortmund are the blueprint to follow if Liverpool want to become the best in Europe again.

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Brendan Rodgers: Wants Liverpool to follow Borussia Dortmund's example

Brendan Rodgers: Wants Liverpool to follow Borussia Dortmund's example

The Germans reached the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday with a sensational injury-time comeback to see off Malaga.

And they did so with a line-up containing two players from the youth academy and three free transfers, while the rest of the squad were bought for around £30 million.

Now Rodgers is keen for the Anfield giants to follow the Bundesliga side's example so they can re-establish themselves as a major force again.

He said: "Just look at Borussia Dortmund, a team that won the Champions League and then struggled financially.

"They went out and rebuilt and it took them four to five years to push on. Then they won the league and their European work suffered.

"This year you can see they have put their focus on Europe and they have lost their title. That's a team that has been growing over five years.

"So there is no doubt you need investment to raise the bar and the quality. But there are other ways to try and get an advantage and we can really push on next year.

"Unless you have the City or Chelsea money you need a different way and I think this is the best way because you are not just looking after the team but also the club."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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