The King is dead. Long live the King.

With the ink now dry on the reign of Kenny Dalglish, there is a new man on Merseyside desperate to achieve the same legendary status. Brendan Rodgers has established himself as the latest partisan of the tiki-taka movement but if he’s going to talk the talk, he must prove he can walk the walk.

The collective exhale of relief that emanated from Anfield after Saturday’s win over Reading was plain to see. Rodgers would have been uncomfortable with the repeated mention of his failed stint with The Royals but he emerged victorious in a 1-0 win that sealed his belated first league victory at home. However, the scoreline was perhaps still somewhat disappointing in the wake of yet another dominant performance.

The arrival of the Rodgers at Liverpool was always going to attract a bright and unyielding media spotlight but the screening of documentary series Being: Liverpool has served only to magnify the attention. It was perhaps unfair to expect Rodgers to portray himself in a manner that didn’t invite ridicule and yet the confidence levels emitted by the man flick constantly between the notions of arrogance and ignorance.

Former Liverpool stalwart Mark Lawrenson pulled no punches in his analysis of Rodger’s ‘performance’ and even went as far too suggest, “Shankly would be turning in his grave”. Lawrenson’s sensationalised verdict aside, there is an eerie feeling that Rodgers is attempting to align his own philosophies and beliefs with the club’s illustrious history.

Lawrenson does go on to make the valid point that “If you are a new manager in that situation, you come in and you get your head down.” Rodgers has invited an unnecessary amount of pressure by creating the feeling of an overdue revolution, which has yet to yield any real positives on the pitch. Despite a promising start to his career, has he really earned the right to act with such self-assurance in the Liverpool hot seat?

The underlying murmurs of discontent surrounding a lack of attacking options in the current squad, has been justified in light of the news that Fabio Borini will be sidelined until January. To make matters worse Rodgers openly admitted that he hasn’t even considered recalling on loan striker Andy Carroll, despite his positive impact at West Ham. The dependence on young starlets Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey could prove costly, especially with the notoriously difficult winter fixture pile up lying in wait.

The rumour mill has been churning out a series of high-profile names that look set to decorate Liverpool’s transfer shortlist come January, but I remain unconvinced that sufficient funds will be in place. The combined £26m needed to acquire the familiar faces of Borini and Joe Allen still carries a faint whiff of inflation, which could make it difficult for Rodgers to pry John W. Henry’s checkbook open. It was only on Friday that Rodgers insisted he was well aware of the financial restrictions in place at his new club.

The game is about getting results. There’s no great problem in that for me,

“You’ve got two ways. You can invest an astronomical amount of money and that will take you there very quickly or you have to grow, build and cultivate your own. That is where we are at, that is the reality and there is no quick fix.” (Guardian)

There is a current misconception surrounding the fact that results will be easier to come by now that Liverpool have played the majority of the ‘big teams’ and while the performances against both Manchester clubs were encouraging, they were hardly in stark contrast to Kenny Dalglish, who was also capable of motivating his side to rise to the occasion.

The upcoming Europa League fixture against FC Anzhi Makhachkala should provide an interesting spectacle, with the Russian side undergoing their own transformation thanks to the influence of billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov. Everton await Liverpool at Goodison Park after their encounter with Eto’o and co, which perhaps marks the first occasion in recent history where the Toffees will be considered favourites. In fact the only ‘banker’ in the foreseeable future will be at home against Wigan next month and that will depend solely on the unpredictable nature of Roberto Martinez’s men.

Rodgers’ case has hardly been helped by the words of Glenn Driscoll – the ‘head of performance’ at Anfield – who offered comparisons with the managerial styles of Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink and even Jose Mourinho. Regardless of whether you think such words carry any credibility, it’s going to take something ‘special’ for Liverpool to achieve their dream of breaking back into the top four.

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  • michael
    2 years ago

    actually we tend to play sh*t against wigan and tend to draw…

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  • Dexter
    2 years ago

    Although I am a big believer in people having their opinions, and indeed me writing this is mine, but I am finding it extremely difficult to understand why Liverpool and their new manager are being vilified so much at present. There are obvious signs of improvement and although “we all know” what the problems are and could immediately solve them were we given the opportunity, (sarcasm by the way!) I’m pretty sure the manager can also see the blatant weaknesses to his team and is at present in the process of trying to sort it out, as are the players themselves….

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    • Will Taylor
      2 years ago

      I have alluded to the vast improvements Rodgers has made at Liverpool in this article and several before it.

      The point of this article is too highlight the fact that Rodgers appears to be counting his chickens before they’ve hatched. I’m not sure how Liverpool will attract all these new signings that have been touted in the press, if they’re still wallowing in mid-table.

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      • Dexter
        2 years ago

        And I my friend am only pointing out that since the man arrived his methods are making a visible difference to the style of play. It will obviously take a bit of time. I don’t think that is the real issue here though. I believe his confidence and maybe a little arrogance, disagrees with certain individuals like yourself. Only time can tell and if he fails, by all means have a go at him then…..

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  • Ray
    2 years ago

    Actually Everton were seen as favourites coming to Anfield last season during a 10 game unbeaten run that finished 3 0 to Liverpool if I’m not mistaken.

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  • Dale Derrivale
    2 years ago

    How desperate are you for BR to fail. This has got to be the poorest article I’ve read in years. So totally wallowing in negativity that it even managed to sound depressed at the break out peformances of Sterling, Suso and Wisdom.

    The team shape and style is getting better and better as the players become more acustomed to what is expected of them. In fact they have bossed pretty much all the games this season with the exception of WBA, Arsenal and the second half of the Udinese game.

    This can only have been written by a frightened Manure or Chav supporter.

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    • Ed747
      2 years ago

      I disagree, the article is putting forward a Red perspective on things. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t mean that you have to automatically brand him a supporter of another team.Tbh, I doubt the teams at the top of the league are too concerned or remotely interested in us at the moment, but if it makes you feel better by thinking so, each to their own.

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      • Dale Derrivale
        2 years ago

        Well my “Reds” perspective is that.
        1. We are going to be playing an attacking passing game under BR
        2. Sterling, Wisdom, Suso and Shelvey have been hugely impressive
        3. We totally outplayed Manure and but for an immature tackle would have won the game.
        4. Places are in the team are now earned.
        5. The players are playing for each other.
        6. I couldn’t give two hoots what Lawro thinks.
        7. Joe Allen is already worth more than £26m on his own.
        8. I fully expect the reserve team to play on Thursday, I’d happily take a loss in that game in exchange for a win at Goodison on Sunday.

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        • Ed747
          2 years ago

          Ok, that’s your opinion.

          I disagree regarding the Europa League. Naturally I want a result in both but would happily settle for a home win in Europe and a draw against the Blues. No point entertaining hopes of CL footie, if we can’t hold our own tactically and at home in Europe. Presumably you think that good performances in the CL appear miraculously out of thin air and are not earned by taking the Europa league seriously. Given our current policy of slowly building toward the future i would think it foolish not to accept the challenge posed by Anzhi. Unless of course there’s some comfort to be gained using a excuse of a weakened 11, which wouldn’t cut any mustard with me.

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        • Bill
          2 years ago

          Dodgy officials.

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    • Will Taylor
      2 years ago

      I am neither a Liverpool fan nor do I have any affiliation with any other Premier League team. I was merely highlighting how Rodgers is portraying himself as the saviour, when we’ve only witnessed promising signs so far.

      As Ed747 points out, I doubt any of the Premier League elite are concerned with Liverpool at the moment, especially as they’re a far cry from breaking back into the top four.

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  • Lar Lar
    2 years ago

    Get that banner for the S*n down….. poor article hell bent on having a go at Rodgers

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