5 Things Brendan Rodgers Has Changed at Liverpool

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5 Things Brendan Rodgers Has Changed at Liverpool
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Brendan Rodgers was appointed Liverpool manager on June 1, 2012 replacing Kenny Dalglish, who had been dismissed from the position after a hugely disappointed league campaign which saw the Reds finish eighth in the English Premier League.

Rodgers' appointment was met with a mixed reaction from fans and experts alike. Some were excited at the prospect of the best young British manager to come along in a long time getting an opportunity to manage one of the world's biggest clubs. Others felt he was too inexperienced for such a role.

Thus far, Liverpool's new manager has had a mixed start to his time in charge at Anfield. Results have not reflected performances in the EPL, with just one win so far despite excellent performances against Manchester City, Sunderland, Manchester United and Stoke City, all of which deserved three points.

After seven matches, Liverpool have just one league win to go with three draws and three defeats.

But that's not a true reflection of events. It's also worth noting that Liverpool have had the most difficult start, fixture-wise, of any Premier League team, having faced last season's Top Three as well as the masters of anti-football, Stoke City, in their home games.

Liverpool have progressed in the Capital One Cup after a team of reserves and youth players went to the Hawthorns and beat a vastly more experienced West Brom 2-1, thanks to Nuri Sahin's two goals.

In Europa League action, the Reds progressed through the qualifying stages and are currently in a group with Italian side Udinese, Swiss opponents Young Boys and the mega-rich Russian side Anzhi. Liverpool began by beating Young Boys away from home before losing 3-2 at home to Udinese in a match they dominated and really should have won.

They will face Anzhi at Anfield next time out.

There have been many observers who have commented that perhaps Rodgers might be under pressure already, as results have not met expectations.

That is an ignorant and short-sighted view which fails to see the vast changes Rodgers has brought to Liverpool and the good he has done.

Rodgers undertook an enormous task this summer: a complete rebuild of a club that was in a shambolic state. And he has already made massive strides.

Not since Bill Shankly has a Liverpool manager been faced with such an enormous task and Rodgers will need time and patience from the fans and owners. 

To those who have been paying attention, the changes Rodgers has made at Liverpool Football Club in the few short months since he took over have been evident and plentiful. Here are five that are worth highlighting.

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