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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has paid tribute to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs after he announced his retirement from playing this week after long and distinguished career with the club, talkSPORT reports.
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The Reds boss appeared on the Sports Bar on Tuesday morning and spoke of his admiration of Giggs, who has stepped aside as United’s manager following the announcement that Dutch national team boss Louis Van Gaal would be taking over after the World Cup.
“An absolute role model on and off the field. He has been a phenomenal player. He’s the same age as me, Ryan, and to be playing at that level and to have that mentality to turn up for pre-season knowing you are going to have to work hard, to play the games he has played in, he’s an incredible human being, as well as football player,” Rodgers said of Giggs.
He is the most decorated player. I have huge admiration for him as a footballer. Now he is preparing himself to become a coach and manager and he will be hoping he can go on and have a similar impact.”
Rodgers also went on to say that he could not wait to take on the Dutch tactician next season and pit his wit against one of Europe’s finest.
“First of all, it was really sad that David Moyes didn’t get the opportunity. Obviously with David gone, they were looking to appoint someone with experience and certainly Van Gaal is someone I have studied and looked at for many years. He has had great success and he has a way and a vision of how he wants the game to be played.”
He works with young players. Certainly his profile fits a club of Manchester United’s history. As a young manager, I’m really looking forward to working against another great coach in the world game.”
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