Saturday, August 19, 2017

Liverpool appoint Brendan Rodgers as their new boss

Liverpool have appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new boss.

The club has been looking for a replacement for club legend Kenny Dalglish who was sacked last month and have stated that former-Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was always their first choice to succeed the Scot.

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Rodgers was originally approached just after Dalglish was sacked but the Irishman declined the opportunity to speak to the Reds.

Liverpool have since spoken with Wigan boss Roberto Martinez and were also linked with a move for Ajax boss Frank de Boer.

However, it seems the Reds search for a new boss has finished were it started, at Rodgers. Rodgers was unveiled earlier today as Liverpool’s new boss.

Excited

Rodgers told the clubs official website: “I’m blessed to be given this opportunity. I want to thank John Henry, Tom Werner and FSG for the opportunity to manage such a great club.

“I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get started on this incredible project going forward. I promise to dedicate my life to fight for this club and defend the great principles of Liverpool Football Club on and off the field.”

Style

Rodgers has cultivated a football philosophy at Swansea that was ironically started by Roberto Martinez when he was with the Swans. Rodgers had the same philosophy of Martinez, in that he wanted his team to play attacking, passing, possession football.

Rodgers has always been a big fan of continental football and studied at clubs such as Barcelona and Ajax earlier in his career as a coach. He makes no attempts to hide his admiration for Barcelona and their style of play.

He managed to recreate the Catalans style of play in his Swansea team on a small scale and it resulted in the Swans winning promotion. The style also lead to the Swans surviving in the Premier league comfortably and winning many admirers along the way.

Young

Brendan Rodgers is a slight rookie in a managerial sense but he has been a coach for along time. At 39 years-old age he is regarded as one of the best up and coming bosses in the British game. He has a set philosophy and is likely to carry that philosophy into his time at Liverpool.

Rodgers has already worked at Chelsea as a coach under Jose Mourinho and has a superb knowledge of how he wants his team to play and the best way of achieving it.

Time

Brendan Rodgers will need time to stamp his style on the Liverpool team and club as a whole. Rodgers definitely has enough confidence in his own ability to succeed at Liverpool. The Liverpool owners have stated that Rodgers appointment is a long-term one, so hopefully he will be given time to change things around.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and it will take a lot of hard work to build Liverpool back up to the once great club it was. They are lagging behind a lot of their rivals in the English top flight and their squad needs a major revamp.

Money

Liverpool have had to spend a small fortune in recent months. First they had to pay Kenny Dalglish and his staff compensation and then the Reds had to pay Swansea compensation for the services of Rodgers. It remains to be seen what sort of transfer kitty Rodgers will be given this summer.

Luckily enough Brendan Rodgers is accustomed to working on a budget at Swansea and he brought them success. I’m sure Liverpool’s budget will be far bigger than the one he got in Wales. Rodgers has a good eye for bargains.

However, it seems that he won’t have much say in whom will be arriving at the club this summer. The Liverpool owners are looking to appoint a director of football to take care of transfer activity. That really is a shame because Rodgers is good at working the transfer market.

Shrewd

I believe that Brendan Rodgers is a very shrewd appointment. I think given time he will help the club back towards the top of the Premier League table. However he must be allowed to do his job and not overruled by the clubs owners.

It’s a really hard task re-establishing Liverpool amongst English football’s elite but I think Rodgers has the talent and the personality to do, as long as the Liverpool owners FSG give him the environment to do it in.

Is Brendan Rodgers the right man for Liverpool?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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