Brendan Rodgers Meeting with Liverpool Owners

Michael DoyleContributor IIIMay 30, 2012

Brendan Rodgers looks set to replace Kenny Dalglish as manager of Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers looks set to replace Kenny Dalglish as manager of LiverpoolClive Mason/Getty Images

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers, the odds-on favourite to replace Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager, is meeting with Liverpool's owners later this afternoon, according to Sky Sports

Even before today's news, Rodgers was the favourite to move to Liverpool, following his impressive first season as a Premier League manager, with Swansea, in which he guided the team tipped for relegation to 11th place.

The likes of Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klupp and former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas have all been linked with the job, as well. 

But it now appears that the Northern Irishman will become the new manager at Anfield, despite Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins' previously dismissing speculation linking Rodgers with the vacant Liverpool job

Rodgers has been in charge of Swansea for only two seasons, having previously been manager of the Chelsea reserve team, as well as Championship sides Watford and Reading

Rodgers was forced to retire from playing football at an early age, having suffered numerous knee issues during his early-20s, and as a result began to manage academy teams from an early stage, hence his being a fairly experienced manager despite his being only 39 years of age. 

Before he joined Swansea, Rodgers had mixed success in his managerial career, but despite his young age, he has excelled in Wales. He guided Swansea to the Premier League and kept them away from relegation in their first season there, despite a lack of spending power and big names on the roster. 

Rodgers built on the style of football implemented at Swansea by previous managers such as Roberto Martinez, but the main reason he gained acknowledgement in the past year was his own, slick-passing football philosophy, which his side has stuck by. 

This philosophy has allowed his side to dominate possession against all opponents, in the process controlling the flow of the game and allowing his side to attack aggressively or simply to frustrate the opposition, depending on the situation. 

Rodgers' tactics—which Swansea fans have termed "Total Football"—are probably the reason why Liverpool are interested in bringing Rodgers to Anfield, following unsuccessful spells with Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish as manager in the past two years.