Liverpool have made a fantastic start to the season and a large part of that is down to their boss, Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers deserves a lot of praise for the way he has handled the club since he took over in the summer of 2012, even more so for the past summer and guiding Liverpool to one of their best starts in the Premier League era.
In an interview with BleacherReport.com, the Liverpool boss has talked a little bit about the way he handles his job and the side, with it being very similar to the way Sir Alex Ferguson controlled Manchester United and the way Arsene Wenger goes about his business at Arsenal.
“I dictate entirely how the team is prepared and I am a hands-on coach; I love to be out there with the players taking the sessions. I’m blessed to be supported by some brilliant staff, who are all experts in their field and dedicated to what they do,” Rodgers told BR.
The fact Rodgers is very much a hands on manager works positively for two main reasons.
It puts him in the firing line when it comes to bad Liverpool performances, allowing him to take a lot of the pressure from supporters and generally protecting his under scrutiny players.
Rodgers is already very experienced in that regard because he had to take a lot of stick over the first six months of his job, using a small squad before he was allowed the funds to invest.
Secondly, it’s positive because it makes him approachable to his players. That’s extra significant in the case of Luis Suarez because had Rodgers not been so determined and influential in keeping Suarez at the club, going about the saga in the way he did, Suarez may not have had the impact this season he has done.
“My senior staff members are integral to all the decision-making and it’s the reason the quality of people you have around you as a manager is so vital. There are various factors that influence that process; fitness, form and the tactical approach to your opponent are all areas I review on a daily basis,” added Rodgers.
Rodgers has a lot of care, time and puts a lot of attention towards the people he’s working with because he relies on them to make his job more bearable and easier as the manager.
It’s important that backroom staff stays settled for Liverpool over the rest of this season and for as long as Rodgers is in charge because frequent changes could damage the progress of a team which is so integral to the playing staff.
“I face the same challenges that Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley did: carrying the expectations of a worldwide institution and its incredible supporters who want Liverpool to be among the elite at home and in Europe,” Rodgers goes on.
Liverpool are one of the massive English and European football clubs. The side is starring at their best chance of domestic silverware for the last few seasons and if Rodgers can win something it will just progress the club back to where they want to be.
Dare I say it, but the Premier League title this season would just be the crown jewel at a football club that is only going in one direction, forward.
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