Managing a Premier League club is similar to walking on a bed of nails.
Brendan Rodgers felt a similar pinch this past weekend as he watched his team lose by a miserable score line against West Brom. Better possession, better movement of the ball and yet the problem remains the same—poor quality finishing.
What followed was a need of the hour drill from members of the Liverpool playing staff. Switching on the defensive, Rodgers and a couple of other senior players tried their best to put off any lit fuse, if any, amongst the supporters.
Well, Rodgers need not worry for the moment as the supporters understand that it is early days and that the team is really trying hard to catch onto his philosophy.
However, if similar results are to come out of the fixtures against the Premier League biggies in the next few weeks, then he’d be treading troubled waters.
Let’s leave it at that and get on with the topic at hand.
The most common mistake that we do is to associate hardness with toughness. There is a slight bit of difference between the terms.
A hard player takes decisions that at times may be borderline insane. A tough player is one who is formidable under any situation.
For example, Dirk Kuyt is a tough player because he runs his lungs out. But he isn’t a hard nut because you wouldn’t find him lunging in with both feet just for the fun of it.
So, with that in mind, let’s go through the list of the toughest players to have ever donned the red shirt.
Keep in mind that a handful of defenders are now heading your way…