Will the Liverpool manager's decisions prove to be the right ones come May?
Player-power took quite the hit following Liverpool’s insistence that Luis Suarez was going nowhere.
The quotes from manager Brendan Rodgers did more than just put the striker in his place; they also reinforced his reputation as a boss.
It is often said that no man is bigger than a club. But in this instance, that was spread across back-pages the world over.
Carlos Tevez has previously shown that fan-anger can be swiftly extinguished. But much will depend on how Suarez performs once he returns from his ban. Should he play to his ability, Rodgers could be grasping a cup come the end of the season.
But if the exit pleas continue – or if the Uruguayan finds yet another way to clock up a considerable absence – the Reds could see the efforts of 11 men overshadowed by the antics of one.
I have predicted that Liverpool will finish sixth this season, but what of Brendan Rodgers? What can he expect from the coming campaign?
If he ends the transfer window as prolifically as he began it, he could be in for a very impressive season. And yet having declared that the squad players had been bought and the superstars would hopefully follow (yes, I am paraphrasing), he will be left short come September if no further players arrive.
With each goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores for Borussia Dortmund, Rodgers would be forgiven for thinking if only. The addition of the prolific Armenian could have been the catalyst for considerable success.
As it is, much will depend on Philippe Coutinho – my tip for young player of the season.
Rodgers has shown himself to be a man of strength and conviction. He also knows in Suarez he has one of the Premier League’s few world class talents.
He has made his choices. He will now hope they prove to be the right ones.
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