By David Anderson

Brendan Rodgers is the new manager of Liverpool FC, after agreeing a three-year deal today.

Done deal: Brendan Rodgers is the new Liverpool manager

It brings to an end weeks of speculation following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish by American owners Fenway Sports Group.

Rodgers originally ruled himself out of the running a fortnight ago.

Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry had flown into Britain to attend a Premier League meeting and speaking to Rodgers was high on his agenda.

The 39-year-old Ulsterman fits his profile as a young, up-and-coming manager to slot into the new coaching structure at Anfield.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins had fought hard to hang on to Rodgers, but could not stand in his way.

Jenkins will demand between £4m and £5m in compensation for releasing Rodgers from the new deal he signed earlier this year, which ran until June 2015.

Rodgers’ managerial career began at Watford in 2008 after coaching spells at Reading and Chelsea.

His return to Reading was an unhappy one but, after his appointment as Swansea boss in July 2010, Rodgers guided the Welsh side to promotion to the top flight in May 2011, making Swansea the first Welsh team to reach the Premier League.