Now Rodgers really is viewing it long-term at Liverpool...

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers seems to be setting himself up for a very long spell in charge of Liverpool as long as he’s given that faith by the club’s board.

Rodgers has already shown a remarkable ability to judge when a player is ready from one of Liverpool’s youth teams to make the step up to senior level in the various competitions the club competes in.

It’s something which was ironically first forced on him last season because Liverpool simply didn’t have any other choice and didn’t have the money to buy in more established Premier League stars.

Rodgers now seems to be encouraging the club to invest in players only just into their teenage years which is a superb way for him to be able to setup the various generations of the team.

Herbie Kane of Bristol City is his latest signing... at just 14-year-old. The long term vision is a perfect examples of the blueprint and method that Rodgers is using to shape the future of this Liverpool team.

If Rodgers can ensure that he has quality players in all age groups, it simply means he’ll be able to consistently pick players from the club’s youth teams when they’re old enough and good enough to play for the first team.

The most recent example is Jordon Ibe who the club paid good money to sign from Wycombe Wanderers, with Rodgers rewarding him for some solid displays with the Development Squad by starting him against QPR in the final match of last season.

This isn’t a new process or a new line of thinking when it comes to the Premier League because all of the top clubs encourage investment in their youth teams to prove stars for the senior side.

However, Liverpool seem to be focusing much more on quality investments, British investments and sensible signings when it comes to teenagers they are bringing to the club.

It’s the biggest giveaway sign yet that if Rodgers is shown the faith, he clearly wants to stay at Liverpool for a Sir Alex Ferguson-esque period of time.

It’s also the example of the former Manchester United boss which should encourage Rodgers to keep up this line of thinking, despite the criticism he’s already received and is yet to receive.

Ferguson was a master and getting the balance right between using younger players and buying in more experienced and better foreign talent to ensure that his teams were competitive.

Liverpool made it clear last season they wanted to follow the Borussia Dortmund model in terms of guiding youngsters up through the ranks and into the first team.

At times last season Liverpool played some superb football, most notably against Ferguson’s United at Anfield which suggest it would be idiotic for the manager to drop his current methods.

What do you make of the approaches for Dhanda and Kane? Should the club be more focused on the imminent threats from other big teams?

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