Make no mistake about it; Brendan Rodgers is one of the best students on the game around. He has worked wonders with Swansea over the past two seasons and has really built upon the foundation that Roberto Martinez left him with.
He believes in the Pep Guardiola school of football rather than the Jose Mourinho school and as such, his teams always play possession-based football and press while defending.
The big secret to Barcelona's and Swansea's success over the last number of years is their goalkeepers, but not for the reason you may think.
Obviously, the keeper of any top club has to be of a certain class but what makes Victor Valdes and Michel Vorm so important for their clubs is not their skills between the posts; it is their skills with the ball at their feet.
Having a 'keeper who is not afraid to take responsibility on the ball and who is comfortable passing the ball short provides the base for everything that happens further up the pitch.
With the 'keeper able to take the ball comfortably, it immediately allows the two central defenders to break wide to provide angles for a pass while the two full backs push on and a deep lying midfielder drops even deeper to provide penetration for the 'keeper.
This simple move provides the 'keeper with three options for a short pass and if and when any of these players receive the ball, they have further options as the full backs and deep midfielder now provide width for the centre half as a forward lying midfielder provides penetration.
The very same diamond pattern is repeated all over the pitch, meaning that every player will have three options for a short pass at the very least.
On further inspection, Rodgers' chosen style of play also provides seven separate banks of players up the pitch rather than the traditional four or five.
While this gives his teams an attacking outlet and advantage, it also lends towards his team's defensive duties because every single zone of the pitch is covered and this immediately makes them harder to break down.
And if one word could describe any player in a Brendan Rodgers team it is mobility.
To play in this team you will need to be intelligent both on and off the ball and be able to support your team mates both on and off the ball.
This is an attribute that a number of Liverpool players lack with Andy Carroll, Dirk Kuyt and Martin Skrtel to name amongst many.
Speaking to The Guardian on the eve of Swansea's 1-0 win over Liverpool on the last day of the season, Rodgers explained his attacking and defensive philosophies.
"I like teams to control and dominate the ball, so the players are hungry for the ball," Rodgers said.
"A lot of our work is around the transition and getting the ball back very quickly. Because I believe if you give a bad player time, he can play.
"If you give a good player time, he can kill you. So our emphasis is based around our positioning both with and without the ball. And for us, when we press well, we pass well."
Sage words, but not every fan or manager has the patience to watch or coach such styles of play.
In recent times, Liverpool have always utilised a fast, direct style of play and Rodgers' philosophy could not be any more different.
Liverpool legend Phil Boersma has his worries, though.
Brendan Rodgers is obviously the way forward. He has done a great job since taking over from Roberto Martinez at Swansea.
"I was actually at the Swansea-Liverpool game at the end of the season," he said, "and I have to say that they do try to play a little bit like Barcelona and just keep possession. You have to have a lot of faith in your players to play that way, especially in the Premier League.
“Brendan is an up-and-coming manager, but the $64,000 question is whether or not Liverpool fans would like that style of football that he plays.
"Unless things have changed over the years, Liverpool have always been a team, especially at Anfield, that like to get it forward fast and have plenty of attacking football.
“From what I saw at Swansea, they certainly don’t do that. I just think that the crowd just might turn on them if they play that type of football. It is not a strange way to play, but in the Premier League, it is not the brand of football that Liverpool would be used to.”
Liverpool FC can expect the same tactics Rodgers used at Swansea, but he must be given time by the fans and FSG and if he is, they could be great again.