Can Brendan Rodgers be regarded as a world-class manager?

Daniel Sturridge has spoken highly of his boss.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has described manager Brendan Rodgers as ‘world-class’ in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Sturridge said that the belief the manager puts in him helps him produce his best form. This season Sturridge has scored 18 goals from 20 Premier League appearances, which means he is second in the Premier League scoring charts, behind team-mate Luis Suarez who has struck 24 times this campaign.

Liverpool’s number 15 said: “He’s put belief in me, he’s a world-class manager, he’s unbelievable. Tactically unbelievable. Your mentality changes without knowing it, and the more and more you work with him the more and more it just happens naturally.”

Some will make the argument that Rodgers isn’t quite in that bracket because he has yet to pick up the major honours at the highest level.

Though he is still young, aged 41, he has received many plaudits for reviving Liverpool’s fortunes in such a short space of time. He took over a side that finished eighth in the Premier League and made a modest improvement on their points total the following year – which allowed the Reds to finish seventh. But the staggering progress the side has made under the Northern Irishman this season to be in the title race means his stock is rising.

Others will point to the lack of a really good, sustained European campaign under Rodgers thus far – which many Reds fans hope will follow next season as the side looks on course for Champions League football.

It is hard not to appreciate the job he has done at Liverpool so far, and many would fine it a struggle to name many other managers who will have done just as good a job as the former Swansea City boss in such a short space of time.

Not to mention there have been terrific performances in big games from Liverpool under Rodgers, such as the 4-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton, the 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield which both occurred during this campaign. Some may suggest they have been unlucky in other big games such as away games against Manchester City and Chelsea earlier on in the season.

If Rodgers isn’t in the bracket of top managers who are regarded as world-class, he certainly has time to prove he can be, as he has a big managerial future ahead of him.

Who knows? He may be in that world-class bracket come the end of the season, with the Premier League trophy on his sideboard as proof!

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