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The former midfielder believes the Northern Irishman has the credentials required to put the club back in contention for major trophies after recently falling behind their rivals

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By Falah Abdullah

Dietmar Hamann has backed Brendan Rogers to bring the glory days back to Liverpool while at the helm of the Anfield side.

The ex-Germany international was a key player for the Reds between 1999 and 2006, winning numerous trophies in the process, including a Champions League medal in 2005.

However, the club have struggled in recent years, missing out on Champions League qualification for three consecutive seasons, but Hamann is pinning his hopes on the newly-appointed man from Swansea.

“I hope in a few years time Liverpool will be challenging for the title," the former Germany international told Goal.com.

"But they have to take it step by step and get into the Champions League first. I like Brendan Rodgers. He is a very good manager.

"He is young, enthusiastic and he played the game the way Liverpool always played it. And yes I believe he will do well.”

Hamann has also spent time in management, albeit an unsuccessful stint in charge of Conference outfit Stockport County last year.

However, when asked about whether he enjoyed the role, Hamann replied positively, stating that he enjoyed the experience and is eager to continue his development as a coach.

“Yes I enjoyed the experience and I am completing my last coaching qualification at the moment and yes I do want to get back into the management side of football," affirmed Hamann.

"But I do want to complete my qualifications first before taking my next step.”

As for his views on the current state of South East Asian football, Hamann was quick to speak of his keenness at seeing a football team from the region qualify for the World Cup, using Estonia's surprise run to the Euro 2012 play-offs as a point of reference.

“I think it would be good to see a South East Asian team to play in a World Cup, obviously it is not easy with Japan, South Korea, Australia, Iran and Iraq," he continued.

"I don’t know what the exact current state of football here is, but in Europe we are seeing minnows like Estonia get into the playoff finals of the Euros, and other countries have shown that it is possible to get into major tournament with small population.

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"And hopefully the likes of Malaysia and Indonesia will one day be able to get into a major football tournament.”

Hamann also outlined ways South East Asian football could benefit, opining that to improve the quality of South East Asian football, determination is as important, if not more so, than talent.

“You see the Gerrard shirts, Messi shirts and Ronaldo shirts here," he noted. "One thing that they have to realise that these players are not born the way they are.

"Obviously they were given the best talent but they are the best in the world as they worked hard to get to where they are.

"They were born with the talent mentally but talent alone does not get you anywhere as I have seen players with the best talent who did not make a living out of football.

"However, I have seen players who did not have much talent but have played in the game at the highest level for fifteen years because they are determined.

"I feel sometimes if kids these days have the drive they could really succeed at the top level."

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