Grading the strategy and leadership of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Tom Werner was full of praise for the Liverpool manager's strategy and leadership at the club so far during his reign.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner has praised the leadership of Brendan Rodgers.

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Rodgers followed Kenny Dalglish into the Anfield dugout which is no mean feat given he was the last person to deliver the League Championship to Merseyside, and the fact he was following a manager who had taken the side to two cup finals, winning one of them.

One hopes the Boston-based owners aren’t getting carried away with the comments they made, labelling the current Liverpool boss as ‘inspirational’ and ‘remarkable.’

Rodgers as a leader has become a talking point due to where the initial start he made and where he has since come. The awful start he had to his reign as manager was punctuated with just a two point collection from his first five league games.

The turnaround so far this season has been impressive, though people will point to an easier set of fixtures to the season, however, Liverpool are four points better off against the same opposition compared to last season and on a points total they had only reached at the start of December last year. Then you can point to the form in the second half of the season, the turnaround comes across as quite drastic.

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‘I think Brendan has made remarkable progress. He’s a great strategist and has shown strong leadership.’

A ‘great strategist’ according to Werner…

Well, he tries to use a system that works for his players rather than trying to get the players to work within the system. He also doesn’t seem to be afraid to drop players if he doesn’t feel it’s working – you only need to ask Martin Skrtel in the second half of last season – though he doesn’t meddle with the side too much.

He also wants to embrace the history of the club with past players [and managers] rather than be scared of living up to expectations. Some may not like his way of doing things but you are always going to get that.

Leadership-wise he has handled the Suarez transfer saga pretty well, and has been bold in a couple of moves, and isn’t afraid to even move on the crowd favourites if he doesn’t think they give the side what it needs.

Has he shown great strategy and leadership? It’s hard to argue, but still a long way to go before he can be hailed as a Messiah. Let’s not get carried away just yet.

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