Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown says Liverpool will have their manager to thank if they win the league.
Rodgers has written off Liverpool’s chances of winning the league but the Premier League table doesn’t lie with his team only four points off the pace, with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea currently in top spot.
Liverpool have plenty of match winners; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to name just three but the former Arsenal icon believes it’s the manager who is the most important person over the second half of the season.
“Rodgers is the man who brings it all together and his decisions are now key as to how he gets the best out of his players. It’s his formations and his team choices that will decide whether they can go for more than just a Champions League place. He seems to learn quickly from each game,” said Keown on the Daily Mail website.
Rodgers has created a very positive environment and atmosphere at the Merseyside club which is paying off at the moment.
He’s managed to keep the superstars at the club happy while finding a way to inject young players into the team, which has helped them blossom into better and more consistent players.
Most importantly, he’s done his best to stay out of the limelight as others, in particular Mourinho, have tried to draw him into mind games.
Rodgers has always done superbly in terms of taking the pressure off of his players and he does that by consistently playing down what his team could realistically achieve by the end of the season.
“I think the best thing for him now is not to say too much, not to get involved in too many mind games and to keep his team playing as they are,” added Keown.
Liverpool took apart Arsenal last weekend and they have difficult games away at Manchester United as well as home games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to come.
If they win those game then who knows? Maybe Liverpool might just secure their first Premier League crown and their first league title since the 1989/1990 season.
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