Since promoting and stabling the ship of the side that currently sits atop the Premier League – Swansea – Brendan Rodgers has proven himself to be an elite manager.
How long ago it seems that Liverpool were launching long balls up to Andy Carroll. These days they are the epitome of football. Great tactics, fluid movement, blistering pace, deadly finishing… What more could you want?
Brendan Rodgers is the man behind this transformation. He has adopted Arsene Wenger’s philosophy of fast-paced flowing football whilst developing a youthful squad capable of plundering goals from any scenario.
Last season Liverpool went from finishing seventh to challenging for the title until the very death. It took courage from the manager but sometimes it takes risks to reap rewards. He has taken Liverpool to that ‘next’ level witch many thought was beyond them.
Rodgers has finally restored the fear factor that has been non-existent since the departure of Rafa Benitez. Following his departure, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish did the club no justice at all.
But under Rodgers this Liverpool unit has gelled perfectly. Versatile formations such as the attacking 4-3-3, the new 3-4-1-2 or his 4-4-2 diamond has benefitted England more than anyone else.
His tactical genius has helped England star’s Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge develop in to top class players. It has also allowed for an experienced Steven Gerrard to remain just as effective from a deeper role slotting balls through to the younger attackers. Within his system England’s stars have flourished.
A reformed Henderson saw me bite my tongue on my previous opinion. He never stops working and of recent has been threading through some audacious passes. And Sterling is arguably the best teenager on the planet right now.
Even Sturridge has reformed, it’s not that I ever doubted his talent but I never would have called him world class. Now he is currently one of the best finishers in the game. Playing a wide role at Chelsea held him back but, under the tutelage of Rodgers, he has blossomed.
Changing formation and line up from game to game. Often switching formations within the game. The versatility of the Northern Irishman’s system allows for a healthy midfield rotation that includes the likes of Lucas and Joe Allen.
It has also helped Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho reach his full potential. Coutinho currently operates as their chief craftsman to carve out attacking opportunities. It’s no wonder fans call Jon Flanagan “the red Cafu.” They are the Premier League’s Brazil, their game plan is to simply score more than you. It made for some spectacles last season.
Eleven 4+ goal wins and eleven consecutive wins last season earned the LMA Manager of The Year Award becoming the first Liverpool manager to win the prestigious accolade in its 20-year history.
Losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona seemed like it would be a huge blow to the Reds but so far you wouldn’t have noticed. With the addition of Mario Balotelli the team could be back on course to a first ever Premier League title.