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Should ‘Plan B’ Serve To Make ‘Plan A’ More Effective At LFC?

Date: 22nd January 2013 at 6:00 pm
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Brendan Rodgers & Suso of Liverpool FCBRENDAN Rodgers has a philosophy that he is commonly known for now: he wants his team to play a certain way, his way.

have always been a team that ingrained the motto “” into any player who put on the famous red shirt. For a long time we have needed a manager to come in and get us playing football again; exciting, mouth-watering football, the likes of which we hadn’t seen for years.

The closest to it was the all-out attack served up by Roy Evans in the mid 90’s. Fowler, Collymore, McManaman, Berger all scoring goals for fun but with a defence that had the likes of an aging Mark Wright, an unfit Neil Ruddock and an injury prone John Scales in front of the Super Mario-addicted David James. Then came Houllier with his brand of defensive, stubborn football that got results but would have you watching from a hospital bed more often than not with shot nerves.

Rafa came in and sometimes set up to not lose a game rather than win it, which is all well and good, but when it doesn’t work it would leave you so frustrated you’d have pieces of hair in your hands from tearing it out. Hodgson and Dalglish, it seemed, just had eleven players on the pitch in the hope something happened. It happened for ‘the King’ in cup competitions, but league form was atrocious.

Carroll and Downing were bought to be on the pitch at the same time; Downing crossing for the big man to convert, but on more than one occasion Carroll would drift out to the left wing leaving no one in the box and invariably end up being subbed off for Downing. The two hardly ever seemed to be on the pitch at the same time. The Hodgson era has nearly been completely wiped from my mind, but I still wake up sometimes at night with cold sweats before remembering he is the England boss now, breathing a sigh of relief and rolling over.

Rodgers himself said “if doesn’t work, plan B is to make a change to make more effective”. have no plan B, so why should Liverpool? A team built up to truly believe that control of the ball and movement off it determines the results and the style of play we all want to see. I don’t like the whole ‘tiki-taka’ saying that seems to have become cool in certain quarters, but the fact Rodgers wants to turn us into another “bastion of invincibility”, as Shankly once said, is fine with me.


Barcelona are a one off; a team of such brilliantly talented individuals that it makes it near impossible to copy their ethos man for man, but think of Liverpool in the years to come as Barcelona-lite. There are signs this season that, under Rodgers, the players are warming and growing to his way of playing, which is getting the best form out of Luis Suarez for one thing.

To play for Rodgers is to have faith in your own abilities whilst trusting your team mates to do the same. People raised eyebrows when was allowed to leave for West Ham, but he is nowhere near technically gifted enough to warrant a place in this team. Are we to believe that if we are behind in a game we should just abandon everything and go long to the big man? We are not Stoke, and never will be, especially under Rodgers.

Rodgers’ plan A is to get the team playing so well that the opposition is exhausted into defeat, to bully and batter teams into submission by pressure and passing alone. The “6 second rule” is something borrowed from Barcelona, and you see it in the players; if they lose the ball they work hard to get it back and go again. This is where the plan starts to look all the more menacing.

Players like Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson all have the ability to hound and harass the opposition into making a mistake and give the ball back. Suarez and Sterling have been doing it from the front all season. It is imperative that every player closes the nearest man to him immediately, pressuring them to panic and play the ball before they’re allowed to become composed.

Rodgers might have appeared naive in announcing to the world his plans for the team, but in reality it’s a measure of how confident the man is in his own ability as a manager and the trust he has in those who play for him.

Long may it continue.

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61 thoughts on “Should ‘Plan B’ Serve To Make ‘Plan A’ More Effective At LFC?

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  • begby
    2 years ago

    liverpool fans used to be practical and smart , not any more . now i see fools going on about rodgers because of one good win . he has done nothing , he has won nothing , with his poor record so far , we should leave the accolades until he does something to deserve it .

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    • Liam McClintock
      2 years ago

      Read the article.

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      • begby
        2 years ago

        you criticise every manager from 1995 onwards , and praise the man with the worst record of all of them ! shocking

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        • Liam McClintock
          2 years ago

          I didn’t criticize Evans, Houllier or Benitez. Hodgson yes and Dalglish at times.

          Are we just to abandon the manager then and get someone else in and start again? He’s been here 6 months. 6 months!!

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        • begby
          2 years ago

          so was hodgson ,both have virtually identical records . better starting again after 6 months than wasting 2 years

          you did criticise houllier and benitezs style of play . some , no .. sorry , a lot of rodgers football has been coma inducing so far

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  • Liam McClintock
    2 years ago

    Really? Coma inducing? I’m sorry but that’s just not true at all.

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    • begby
      2 years ago

      they have played some nice football the last month , when allen has been left out .
      before that it was slow backwards sideways pass pass pass backwards sideways negative football . really boring stuff

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      • Ozred
        2 years ago

        Agree. We’ve been good over the last months particularly when Allen hasn’t played. Not that Henderson is a star, we may well have taken the points or at least a point against united had Henderson started ahead of Allen.

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  • Matt
    2 years ago

    Good article Liam, I believe Rodgers philosophy is starting to take place and we are gaining ground to the top. I was happy to see Gerrard say at the awards night recnently that’s Rodgers style of football is working and he is happy with the teams progress, which just shows he believes in his philosophy.
    It’s funny how some fans are saying we’re playing slow boring negative football when since December we have scored 23 goals only second behind Manure on 26. We’ve had a lot of great performances this season some of which we were unlucky not win let alone draw. We are 7th only 7 points behind Spurs in 4th spot and with 15 games to go it is top 4 is very possible. Also the Saurez/Sturridge combination seems to be working well and it can only get better.
    Once again good article Liam and keep the faith in Rodgers. YNWA

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    • Ozred
      2 years ago

      Agreed. It was a slow start which is disappointing though not entirely surprising given the complete overhaul of how the players were being asked to play. The last month has shown improvement though we must get a win against arsenal and or city to Put some of the doubt at bay.

      Plenty of things I wish were done different although the end of the year will tell a far better picture of Rogers ability to take us back to the top.

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      • Matt
        2 years ago

        A win against Mancs or Gunners is a must I believe we can take points from those games.

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        • David Tobin
          2 years ago

          And if we dont ? You finally going to wake up and stop worshipping Rodgers ?

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    • David Tobin
      2 years ago

      If you read what people said . They said it was boring before Allen got dropped , which is true . Last 5 or6 we played attacking football

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      • Matt
        2 years ago

        And I agree to that, Allen does slow us down but some fans are saying we have only played one decent game and that was Norwich, I’m talking about both Mancs games at Anfield both Norwich games QPR, Sunderland and so on.

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        • David Tobin
          2 years ago

          true true , but there has been a hell of a lot of boring hard to watch stuff too

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        • Matt
          2 years ago

          And I agree with that as well mate.

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  • Jack
    2 years ago

    Rodgers lack of plan b is silly and is one of the reasons why i think rodgers has and will fail . All managers must change and adapt their systems to counter act other teams formations . An unwillingness to this is silly

    Liverpool bored the pants of me all season until Allen was dropped ,then we played some nice stuff , he slows all our tacks down by taking too many touched then he passes backwards

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  • Hugh Yao
    2 years ago

    liam, you have my sympathies. i dunno why but this site attracts plenty of kneejerks craving instant/overnight success. they want this manager, they want that player. they want, no demand, that the owners pump in gazillions. they deify king kenny and would have brendan shot and quartered if they could. but they didnt realise that kenny was part of the management that squandered FSG’s millions in their first year of ownership. now that FSG is more prudent with the money, they want them out. they slag brendan for signing allen, they forgot that kenny signed henderson who was considered useless. one year later henderson is beginning to show what he can offer. i agree that allen is pretty lightweight but i think the manager is still finding the right balance for the team, and he only had these players to work with. kneejerks here tell you not to read too much into the norwich victory, but i say the norwich victory shows how liverpool can click. it was the perfect game to try out the suarez-sturridge partnership and boy was that a revelation. but nothing is ever good enough for the kneejerks. they sit in their armchairs and bleat all day long. why can’t they just stand behind the team for once? i do believe that we are learning from mistakes and that we will hit a good run towards the end of the season to get us into top 4. because i stand behind my team, and i keep the faith. YNWA.

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    • Matt
      2 years ago

      Well said Hugh, completely agree.

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    • David Tobin
      2 years ago

      Rubbish Yao , having faith is one thing , but try seeing reality sometime instead

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  • Thomas
    2 years ago

    I think the over-reaction to a few victories is crazy . We haven’t beaten anybody remotely good , so the time for kissing Rodgers backside is a long way off

    Just seems like Liverpool fans – One or two defeats its ‘OMG sack the manager’ and one or two wins its ‘Rodgers is wondeful , everything is great’ , both are nonsensical and immature reactions

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  • David Tobin
    2 years ago

    All this waffle of whether you like Rodgers or not doesn’t matter , if you ‘have faith ‘ or not doesn’t matter , if you like his football or not doesn’t matter !!!

    Only thing that really matters for Liverpool FC is results , and they have been generally disappointing

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  • Liam McClintock
    2 years ago

    @Moose – I’ve only currently started writing for L4L recently, but if I was last year you’d have seen me writing about the things you’ve spoke about.

    Dalglish is a legend of this club but some of the performances an decisions he made last year were baffling, none more so than T Shirtgate, but it’s all in the past, and along with the squad we should be looking to the future.

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  • The Dude Abides
    5 months ago

    What a difference a year makes!

    Faith is not just a George Michael song.

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