New Genoa Coach Fabio Liverani explained his approach for the team, insisting Francesco Lodi “is second only to Andrea Pirlo.”
The team had its pre-season presentation today in Neustift and Liverani is taking on his first major coaching position.
“Being in charge of Genoa makes me very proud and I feel the responsibility of the role,” said Liverani.
“I thank President Enrico Preziosi for having offered me such an important opportunity. Our rapport began two years ago when I asked him to help me begin my management career. After two years in the youth sector, here I am.
“We want to bring Genoa back to having a comfortable season via attacking football, not by sitting back and waiting.”
The tactician confirmed he will adopt a 4-3-3 formation, although it could also be adapted to include a trequartista.
“Few teams can count on two quality midfielders like Lodi and Francelino Matuzalem. In his role, Lodi is second only to Pirlo.
“I am also happy to have Alberto Gilardino in my squad. His characteristics are different to Marco Borriello, but his career is just as impressive. I also consider Mario Alberto Santana to be suited to the type of football I want here.”
Liverani is only 37 years old, but already on the bench of a major Serie A club.
“I am not afraid, as I’m convinced there are all the conditions to do well here at Genoa. We are choosing players who have qualities on the field, but also off it. I’ll have a direct and honest rapport with all the players.”