Liverpool FC: Winners and Losers of the Brendan Rodgers Regime so Far

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Liverpool FC: Winners and Losers of the Brendan Rodgers Regime so Far
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With a new regime comes a new focus, and Brendan Rodgers has quickly sought to model Liverpool into his possessive passing game. But with a new manager comes new players bought to improve and build upon previous teams before, and it is inevitable that players will leave the club.

Rodgers was fast to act, bringing in Fabio Borini (£9 million, Roma) and Joe Allen (£15 million, Swansea), as well as Oussama Assaidi, talented youngster Samed Yesil and world-renowned playmaker Nuri Sahin, on loan from Real Madrid.

Duracell battery Dirk Kuyt was the first to leave the Reds; the Kop favourite was sold to Fenerbahce for £1 million, whilst Maxi returned to Argentina. Craig Bellamy went back to his hometown of Cardiff, still shocked by the death of his close friend Gary Speed a few months back. A shocking deadline day saw four players leave the club and, despite promises from managing director Ian Ayre that a deal would be agreed, Clint Dempsey did not come to Anfield and Daniel Sturridge turned down a loan deal from the Reds.

Liverpool had originally started brightly in the Europa League, comfortably beating Gomel 1-0 away before thrashing them 4-0 back in England, with critics applauding Liverpool's style and passing display.

This was before a thumping 3-0 loss to West Brom on the opening day of the season. Man City were lucky to come away from Anfield with a 2-2 draw after defender Martin Skrtel gifted Carlos Tevez with an easy finish, before Arsenal ran away 2-0 winners in the third league fixture. Liverpool also went through to the group stages of the Europa League, beating Hearts 2-1 on aggregate.

In this slideshow, I pick out the winners and losers of Rodgers' new-look Liverpool regime and explain how they do and don't fit into the new system.

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