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Rodgers has surprised many and turned Liverpool into genuine title contenders.
In his second season at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has demonstrated every single quality necessary in a great manager.
He is stern, but relatable to his players, who love him. He is tactically brilliant, constantly molding his squad's formation and shape based on player form, injuries, suspensions, and the opponent. And most importantly, and obviously, he knows how to win, turning an afterthought of a Liverpool side into title contenders.
The previous managers on this list have either met expectations at a big club or pleasantly surprised people at a smaller/weaker one, but Rodgers has managed to fall into both of those categories.
The Northern Irishman has taken an inexperienced Liverpool and improved them vastly, so much so that they're currently sitting atop the EPL.
Under Rodgers this season, Liverpool have been an absolute revelation, scoring a league0high 96 goals, beating Manchester City, and even sweeping Manchester United and Everton respectively.
Whether or not they do win the EPL, the Reds have been absolutely fascinating to watch, playing exciting attacking football at a fast pace.
While Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez will receive instant recognition for the potency of its attack—as they shoud—Liverpool's youngsters have been extremely impressive as well.
Supposed busts Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have had great seasons, the former netting nine goals and the latter providing seven assists. Their stellar play has almost guaranteed them a trip to the World Cup.
In addition, fellow Englishman and local boy Jon Flanagan has been gritty in defense, while Phillipe Coutinho has been an important creative influence.
And of course, Steven Gerrard, employed in a deep-lying role, has had a resurgent year for Liverpool, amassing 13 goals and 10 assists.
With his fluid formations and unswerving confidence in his players, Rodgers has allowed his youngsters to thrive and help Liverpool become a real force.