Liverpool have not won a league title since 1990 but go into the new season with a new mentality, a fresh game-plan and a renewed confidence under manager Brendan Rodgers. Is he the right man to bring Liverpool back to the top of the English game?
Rodgers was spotted at an early stage by Jose Mourinho. He managed the Chelsea youth team and the reserve team between 2004-2008. When Liverpool announced their new manager he was given a ringing endorsement by the Special One for his style of play and his philosophies. It was very high praise indeed.
Last year under Kenny Dalglish Liverpool had their worst finish since 1994, coming eighth in the league and a massive 37 points behind the champions Manchester City. The team lost 14 of their 38 league games and although they picked up silverware in the form of the Carling Cup it was a disappointing season for one of the world’s biggest and most successful clubs.
Under Rodgers there is a new-found faith and belief that Liverpool can start challenging for the title again. The Irishman took Swansea to promotion from the Championship before guiding them to an 11th place finish in the Premier League last season. It was the quality of football he played and the ‘tika-taka’ style that earned Rodgers the most plaudits. Very similar to Spain and Barcelona, Rodgers utilised an effective 4-3-3 with pacey wide-men and liked short crisp passing to feet.
There is no doubt he can instil those values into the Liverpool side and achieve great things but the Kop faithful will need to be patient. An upheaval like this doesn’t happen overnight but can lead to ground-breaking changes.
It’s an exciting time to be a red as Rodgers leads the Liverpudlian revolution — click on the below infographic to enlarge.