Brendan Rodgers: Picking His Liverpool Starting XI

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Brendan Rodgers: Picking His Liverpool Starting XI
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The Guardian reports that Liverpool has all but finalized the signing of Swansea City’s Brendan Rodgers as their next Head Coach.

Thus, the focus can finally shift to tactics and outlook.

Rodgers brings the English version of "tiki-taka" football to Anfield.

Essentially, the team moves away from long balls and heavy crossing to a pass-heavy style of play which emphasizes possession. For examples, look at Arsenal, Roma, or most appropriately, Barcelona.

Each player operates within a specific zone and passing lane. Everyone from the goalkeeper to the center forward is part of a fluid scheme. The entire unit presses high up the pitch.

Xavi Hernandez sums it up in more simplistic terms. “I get the ball, I pass, I get the ball, I pass, I get the ball, I pass.”

The transition does not happen overnight.

Getting the collective egos and alternative playing styles at Liverpool to cohesively buy-in will take time.

The Kop needs to be patient as the Welshmen moves from the traditional 4-2-3-1 to his modified 4-3-3. Not every player on the roster will fit. Certainly, there should be a lot of movement in the summer transfer market as they evolve.

What follows is an assessment of a possible Rodgers initial starting XI.

Players are also rated on the likelihood that they last within the new system.

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