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Man on a mission: Rodgers will be hoping that his footballing philosophy will now be far clearer for his players to understand next season, with the results to match on the field of play
Last, but not least, Liverpool will be an all-round stronger unit next season for the simple fact that the players, apart from those that have just arrived this summer, are now a year into the “Rodgers Revolution”.
Whenever a new manager comes into a club, they will inevitably bring with them fresh ideas about just how they want their team set up and to play. That can mean changing from man-to-man marking at set pieces to the zonal variety, or in Rodgers’ case placing a strong emphasis on possession-based passing football from the back.
Either way, it takes time to assimilate the new man’s way of thinking and playing, and the more radical those changes are, then the more time it takes for the players to get used to the changes. This was more than evident in the previous campaign as the Reds won just two of their first 11 Premier League games under the Northern Irishman.
However, those dispiriting results soon began to fade from view. With the improvement in the team’s displays there for all to see in the second half of the season, exactly what the new man at the helm was asking of his players became that much clearer.
All of which means that the Reds’ haul of 36 points after the halfway point of the last campaign would equate to an overall total of 72 points across the entire season, which would have left the club just one point off fourth place come May.
And that is the points haul that Rodgers and Co will be eyeing for the 2013/14 campaign as the club go in search of a long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League …