BRENDAN Rodgers hasn’t had the best of starts to his season as the Liverpool manager and has come under severe scrutiny thus far.
The Reds have only secured two points from their opening five games and scored only four goals in the process, making it their worst start to a top flight campaign in over a century and resulting in people visiting FREEbets.org.uk to back Liverpool’s failure to make the top six again.
The results however don’t tell the whole story.
In all the matches they have played so far, they have been the better side and have been unlucky not to have won at least 3 out of the five matches.
Looking at how the team has shaped up and adapted to Rodgers’ style of tiki-taka, things look bright and there is a glimmer of hope for the Reds – bearing in mind they have a long way to go in the season.
Many, including me, feel that the Reds played some of their best football this season against the Manchester teams, City and United, and that the end result did not reflect the performance. We were unlucky not to have won both.
Rodgers has a tough task ahead of him; he will need to stamp his authority on this Liverpool team in order to turn the club around. While the club is moving forward at a slow pace, it is moving nonetheless.
After some disappointing seasons, not in terms of football played by the club however, Brendan Rodgers’ revolution is underway. Though it has just begun, things are already looking bright for the club and here are the reasons why.
Liverpool did some good business during the transfer season, signalling Rodgers’ intent and highlighting his mentality moving forward. Barring the debacle of the deadline day, Rodgers managed to sign players like Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Nuri Sahin, Oussama Assaidi and Samed Yesil. All young, talented players, brought in with one eye on the present and one eye on the future.
Not just that, but Liverpool avoided paying over the odds for these players and they mostly represent low-risk, high-reward transfers and will, in one way or another, contribute to Liverpool’s success. They are all young, talented are brought to the club keeping in mind the kind of football Rodgers wants his team to play. All the players he signed just fit the system to a tee.
Suso, Adam Morgan, Sebastian Coates, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey, John Flanagan, Fabio Borini, Jerome Sinclair — Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy of “if you’re good enough to play, you’re old enough to play” has been put to full use this season.
Rodgers, while sticking to his philosophy, made sure that the young players get enough playing time in either the Premier League or the Europa League.
Sterling has been the beneficiary of Rodgers’ philosophy and the lack of personnel in the squad and has been a regular in the starting line-up for the Reds so far. Impressing everyone along the way and if he continues doing it, Liverpool can have their very own new superstar.
The main focus of Brendan Rodgers’ revolution is the youth. While it hasn’t paid off yet and looks set to take some time, the youth products certainly are entertaining to watch and look good enough to pay back Rodgers’ faith.
Adaption Of Pass And Move Philosophy
Liverpool have played some great football so far. Short crisp passes and overall ball holding has been superb so far, which has translated into their average of 55.6 percent of possession on the ball so far the time in the Premier League this season.
Against Manchester United this Sunday, Liverpool still managed 54 % possession of the ball and created host of chances, despite being a man down for most part of the game.
Whilst Liverpool haven’t perfected the art yet, they are well adapting to Rodgers’ philosophy. His emphasis on keeping the ball under pressure and pressing hard to win it back if lost is working slowly but steadily. It is going to take some time, but Rodgers has the time and support from the owners to work things out.
Joe Allen has been the anchorman for the side, holding and distributing in the midfield yielding a whopping 86 % pass rate on the season so far.
The team and the players are confident and comfortable on the ball. They control the possession and dominate for the large part of the game; however it’s the lack of the killer finish that is costing the Reds points.
Positivity In and Around Anfield
Liverpool have no doubt endured the worst possible start to a top flight campaign, however despite that Brendan Rodgers has kept an upbeat demeanour and really not allowed any negativity to creep into his club.
This has kept the fans positive about the fact that it will take time to rebuild the squad which hasn’t been at the top of their confidence level. While the performance on the pitch also shows that the team is not bad, thought the results haven’t been in favour of the Reds. In fact, in almost all of their games thus far, Liverpool have looked the better side.
Red cards and injuries coupled with some harsh refereeing decisions have been a huge factor Liverpool’s lack of success. The fans understand that.
Brendan Rodgers is known for his man- managing skills, and at Liverpool he hasn’t allowed any single bit of negativity to creep into the team or any player. When the team is confident despite some obstacles, then it’s easier for the supporters to have faith in the team and the players. Rodgers has so far succeeded in doing that and getting his team to be focused.
Having said all that, Rodgers still needs that first league win though, which might trigger the winning streak for the team. The kind of football they play counts for nothing until they start winning a game and get themselves to a respectable position in the league. Rodgers has the support of the team and fans alike and if he gets the first win under his belt then things will only get better and a different season for the Reds will start from them. However most importantly, he needs a win. Fans’ patience can only be stretched so thin.
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