Steven Gerrard says he was kept in the loop throughout Liverpool's manager hunt and insists Brendan Rodgers was always their first choice.
Skipper echoes club chiefs in saying Rodgers was first choice
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he was kept in the loop throughout the Reds' manager hunt and has echoed the club's bosses in insisting Brendan Rodgers was always their first choice.
Rodgers was unveiled as Kenny Dalglish's successor at Anfield on Friday morning after joining from Swansea, where he enjoyed two successful years.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez had previously been linked with the role and Latics chairman Dave Whelan claimed earlier this week the Spaniard had been Liverpool's top target.
But Gerrard has echoed the Reds' managing director Ian Ayre in saying Rodgers was the Merseysiders' preferred candidate from the start.
He said: "What I can go on record and say is that Brendan was the first choice.
"I was in the loop all the way through the last few weeks with the Liverpool board and the owners and Brendan Rodgers was the first choice."
Gerrard, who is currently with the England squad ahead of Saturday's pre-Euro 2012 friendly at Wembley, says he has previously spoken with players from Chelsea to gauge an impression of Rodgers, who spent time as youth-team coach at Stamford Bridge.
He added: "When he was in the running for the job, one of the candidates, I was speaking to the Chelsea boys and some of the players that have experienced working with him as well. They all spoke really highly of him.
"They said he's a good coach, a good guy, very honest and he supports his players very well. That's all you ask for as a player, we're really looking forward to it.
"I'm excited. I'm really looking forward to working with Brendan. We shared a phone call last night and I'm really looking forward to meeting him in person and getting started working with him."