By Josh Powell
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he’s been preparing for success at the highest level for the last 15 years by producing a massive dossier documenting how he plans to achieve it. Now the 39-year-old has joined Liverpool, can he go on and deliver trophies to one of the biggest clubs in the world?
The Irishman probably blew John W Henry’s mind when he whipped out his 180 page plan and began to explain how Liverpool can reach the summit of the English game again. But since arriving at Anfield Rodgers has said all the right things and continues to excite fans with his ambition for the club.
‘It’s a document on the culture, philosophy and game plan going forward’, Rodgers told the Mirror. ‘It’s a model, a short cut to how I work, the kind of players I want tactically and the personality traits of players.’
‘The vision is simple – to win the most trophies we can. That’s the bigger picture. The second is to play attractive, attacking football, and the third is to bring through as many of the young players as we possibly can.’
It is certainly an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan but are they getting caught up in the hype and expecting too much?
Rodgers was head-hunted by Jose Mourinho as a young manager and the Special one obviously saw how talented he was. He plays a game concentrated on quick attacking football that’s focused on keeping possession and he likes to implement a fluid 4-3-3 formation. Rodgers got Swansea to play this so well last season there where even comparisons to Barcelona!
Liverpool are 25/1 to win the League this year and it will be a tough task with Manchester City aiming to retain their crown, Chelsea throwing money at players in an attempt to take the title and of course United, Arsenal and Spurs will be there or there-abouts.
Rodgers has an attractive style of football and has the quality at Anfield to implement his plan but one of his main challenges early on will be keeping the fans feet firmly on the floor. This 15 year plan won’t answer Liverpool’s problems over night nor will it be able to challenge the big spending of Manchester City or Chelsea. What it will do is develop a style of football at Anfield which is attractive on the eye and will be successful in the future. Young players will be developed and Liverpool will win trophies if they give Rodgers time to build a squad and implement his revolution.
‘We need a one-city, one-club mentality. If we don’t, if we fail, it will be because of not sticking together and nothing else. If we can stay as one, then we have a real chance.’