Rodgers and Lambert: One has a shot at the title, whilst the other struggles

The Liverpool and Aston Villa managers were on a similar path only a few years ago.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that Liverpool do have a shot of winning the Premier League title this season, ahead of his side’s trip to Anfield tomorrow evening.

He also had praise for Liverpool boss Brenan Rodgers, and said at his press conference ahead of the game: ‘They’ve got a chance there’s no two ways about it. Brendan – who I get on really well with – we’ve had some really good battles when Brendan was at Swansea, when Norwich got promoted to the Championship we had some really good games there.

‘He’s a really good guy. He’s done great at Swansea and enhanced Liverpool again. But Liverpool in my era were dominating everything. Whether they can win it or not I don’t know but they’ve certainly in with a shout that’s for sure.’

Rodgers himself spoke highly of Lambert saying: 'Paul Lambert is an outstanding manager and has had a big job to do at Aston Villa. They’re a team that will always fight.'

For a couple of seasons, Rodgers and Lambert’s careers seemed to be running alongside each other. They were both in the Championship in the 2010/11 season and managed to lead their respective sides to success, with Lambert securing automatic promotion for Norwich City – and Swansea City gaining promotion via the play-offs under Rodgers.

The following season in the Premier League, both sides finished solidly in mid-table, both sides finished on 47 points with Rodgers’ Swans finishing with a better goal difference.

Yet at the end of their season they left the clubs they had established in the Premier League. But that’s where the similarities seem to end.

Rodgers’ departure from Swansea to take up the job at Anfield was civil and seemed to go pretty smoothly as he was given the responsibility of trying to restore former glories to Liverpool in the long-term.

Lambert, however, had a less than acrimonious split as he swapped Carrow Road for Villa Park – and he had a season of trying to fight off the threat of relegation.

This season has seen Liverpool continue their progression under Brendan Rodgers, whilst there seems to be pressure mounting on Paul Lambert at Villa Park, with his side lying in mid-table.

Though Lambert will be hoping to take a small success away from Anfield tomorrow by repeating last season’s feat – it seems like it will continue to be a struggle for him in the short term at least, whilst there seems to be much optimism surrounding Rodgers.

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