Liverpool: 4 Reasons Brendan Rodgers Will Be Great as Reds Manager
Many fans are worried that Brendan Rodgers is not experienced enough to lead Liverpool as they try to once again become relevant in the Premiership.
It's a valid fear because he has been at the helm of Swansea City, a much smaller Welsh club that does not have the history, payroll or talent of Liverpool.
Rodgers has his work cut out for him, but he does bring a lot of positives to Liverpool that will help bring them back to the top standings of the EPL.
Rodgers Is Embracing the Club
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According to The Telegraph, Rodgers highlights the fact that his reception is a mixed one.
Rodgers knows that despite his hiring, he needs to perform quickly and make a good first impression with the fanbase otherwise he will have a fight on his hands full on and off the pitch.
To ensure he stays in Liverpool, he has to win over the fans and Rodgers has even made comments to that effect:
“I know there are three types of supporters at every club,” he said. “Number one is those who, no matter who the manager is, they love their club and they will love their manager because Liverpool is their life and their passion. The second group is supporters who will accept you but to earn their real respect you will have to be successful. That’s fine.
"The third group are the critics and you never change them ever. Ever."
"I only want to work with the people who love the club. I have always had good relations with the media and with the supporters. I’m open and honest. I understand that not everybody will want me here. But that’s part of the dance.”
Without the fans, Rodgers has no chance to lead Liverpool anywhere.
Bring in the Right Players
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Liverpool's Carling Cup victory marks the first piece of hardware they have won in six years.
They have not netted any player that has helped Liverpool make a significant impact on the league standings and their director of soccer, Damien Comolli.
His acquisitions left fans scratching their heads.
Despite his glowing reports and unchecked spending, Liverpool as of now has yet to make any returns on these transactions.
Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson are two prime examples. Graham Ruthven of the New York Times writes:
"Before paying £35 million ($55 million) for Andy Carroll, a record fee for an English player, Comolli would have identified the striker’s meager chance conversion rate of 14 percent.
And before signing Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £16 million ($25.5 million), he must have noticed that Henderson, an England under-21 international, had had only 4 assists in 37 games, despite being hailed as one of the brightest young attacking midfielders in the Premier League."
Rodgers has to deal with a burnt hole in the team's wallet and needs to either trade these players to other teams and bring in more proven, cheaper players or stick with Carroll and Henderson in the hopes they turn it around.
Liverpool has always prided itself as a fast attacking, high-powered offense that remains tactically disciplined.
If Rodgers is able to find players that fit that mold, he needs to waste no time in their acquisition.
As of now, Rodgers should have his eyes on former Reds player Xabi Alonso, someone who meshed well with the team's style of play.
Alonso has publicly stated his support and fandom to the club and new manager, according to The Chester Chronicle, so it wouldn't be a stretch to see him in a jersey some point soon.
Rodgers's tenure will most likely hinge on him making crucial roster moves like this.
Don't Be a Drill Sergeant
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You have to get along before you go along; maybe someone should have told former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson that.
Reds defender and ITV commentator Jamie Carragher spoke about Hodgson's time with the club and his habit of "drilling the side."
Players and the former coach butted heads about his style of coaching because it involved unnecessary repetitions of drills even though Hodgson had found success with this style in Fulham and West Brom.
Rogers needs to emphasize a free-flowing, organic style of play—the complete opposite of Hodgson's style.
These players know what the fundamentals are and no amount of drills will help them regain any form of dominance in the EPL.
They need to focus on building chemistry as a unit that can only be down syncing the right players together, and orchestrating a stye of play that allows each one to shine rather than trying to use a cookie-cutter style of coaching.
Liverpool will only win when they have the right chemistry and mix of players, and you can't find that by doing high-knees, butt-kicks and suicides.
They aren't developing players so don't treat them as such.
Commitment to Liverpool
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The sense you can get from Rodgers as he talks about his new job with Liverpool is that he is committed to the utmost.
According to The Daily Mail, Rodgers talks about how he gets the most out of his players by working them hard.
He's not inflexible like Roy Hodgson but still has strong demands.
"It is quite simple. You come in and do a hard day's work. You make sure in training and on match days you come in and you can take your top off and wring it out and it will be soaking wet."
Rodgers is trying to foster that spirit of desire and hard-work needed to turn the team around and we'll be sure to see that this season.
His no nonsense approach to football will be a welcomed addition to the club as they try to move up in the EPL standings.
Rodgers is hungry for success and to prove that he is the right man for the job. So, his earnest habit of hard-nosed football will rejuvenate the club.
He did a magnificent job with Swansea City, where he emphasized a controlling style of play.
His team focused on long periods of possession and smooth passing. With Liverpool, Rodgers will do the same.