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A glimpse of his potential?

Date: 28th November 2012 at 4:00 pm
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IT’S not been that type of a season for . The type where games against mid-table teams are a three-point certainty. It hasn’t been for at least three years now. The victory over was only the third win for us this season; nothing to gloat about. The manner of the victory however highlighted a few things, one such thing being the tactical awareness of .

It goes without saying that the performance of the players and the immense contributions of , , and to the triumph cannot be overlooked, but had it not been for an early tactical change by Rodgers, the title of this article might have been much different.

After watching Wigan dominate most of the play from kick-off, Rodgers was incited to make a change in personnel and tact prior to half-time to turn the match in our favour; a decision he would not regret and that must have earned him the faith and respect of at least some supporters.

His decision to replace , who had looked the liveliest member of the team until that point, with was without a doubt one that took a keen understanding of the game. I’m sure some might label it as “dumb luck” but I am an astute believer in giving credit where it is due

When asked about the switch post-match, Rodgers had this to say:

“I felt that the organisation at the front end of the field wasn’t what I wanted really, and you make a decision in the game. You can let it run but I always try to use my intuition and what I feel is best for the team at that moment.”

“Suso had some nice touches, he nearly scored but that’s a part of the game. I just felt that I’d flip the triangle around. We were playing two and one, and I felt that it wasn’t so good for us when we didn’t have the ball. Then just flip the triangle round and two players going to join in, and that seemed to work well for us.”


This more than emphasizes that he is paying attention when the team is playing and is constantly looking for ways to remedy flaws he finds, even before the 90 minutes are up. He has come under much criticism for our poor results, as have I for my belief in his ability, but I feel that he is being judged unfairly by most.

Most managers wouldn’t be able to survive the league alone with such a lean team sheet as ours but Rodgers might just pull off second round Europa League qualification and a top ten league spot by January at this rate; a feat he can be proud of and should be lauded for if he manages it.

He may not be as experienced as the ‘Rafa’ most crave, but given time and support with his current trajectory, I feel he has what it takes to leave an indelible mark on this our great football club, or at least that’s how far I’ve dared to dream from what I’ve seen of his football philosophy so far.


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10 thoughts on “A glimpse of his potential?

  • Mac
    2 years ago

    BR has the tactical awareness of a blind goat . If he hadnt made the wrong selections to start with ,there wouldn’t be a problem

    Where was this tactical awareness against Swansea or Young Boys or Udineese or Stoke or any of the other many teams we have failed to beat .

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    • Mitchell
      2 years ago

      Im sure he will show his tactical genius at home to Southampton . And then the fools on here can lavish more absurd praise on him

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  • Grey Wolf
    2 years ago

    If you were to add up his good decisions v his bad decisions , it wouldn’t look good for BR

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  • Fivelamps
    2 years ago

    It’s about firing up your team with a game plan that involves more than passing it around the centre spot Kenny had it right when he said you can’t reinvent football…I also fear that Rafa may also know exactly how to stuff us when the next Chelsea game takes place – now if BR can win that maybe I’ll start believing but Barcelona of the North it ain’t by a long shot…

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  • Finn
    2 years ago

    BR has shown NO tactical awareness at all . Same way of playing , no plan B- if Suarez is not hot then we dont win .
    Anyone could win at home to wigan & Im surprised he didnt balls that up too ( oh wait – he did , but Suarez rescued us again )

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  • Huyton Dave
    2 years ago

    He is playing Henderson AGAIN – plus Allen – plus no strikers on the bench !!
    I really really think BR is clueless

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    • Mitchell
      2 years ago

      I dont think he is clueless > I Know he is
      Stupid line up v spurs again , players in the wrong positions .
      Idiotic shambles

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  • Hammy
    2 years ago

    Ludicrus . Rodgers has been a HUGE let down

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  • merkel
    2 years ago

    Rodgers is one of the stupidest managers ive ever seen . swanseas team pick was so bad … then he copies it v spurs . Playing henderson is just asking for defeat . The worst thing to happen to Liverpool fc in many a year

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  • Toby
    2 years ago

    Can’t turn water in to wine. Stop your pissing and moaning. Fact of the matter is he’s new to a team that was already average and weakened over summer. With any sort of break we’d have 5 – 8 more points on the board. Like it or not, we have to cop some short term pain.

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