The former Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers is proving to be a top manager whilst at Liverpool.
The Northern Irishman joined the club following a difficult spell under Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, and was entrusted with removing the deadwood whilst regaining Champions League football – no easy feat.
His first six months in charge were always going to be difficult, and he started the 2012/13 season under huge pressure after winning just three games in 14 Premier League matches – Liverpool’s worst start for years.
As the team gradually started to get used to Brendan Rodgers’ high pressing style, his big turning point came in the 2013 January transfer window. Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge joined the club, and Brazilian defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva fully recovered from a long-term thigh injury.
The Reds under Rodgers in 2013 became a different animal entirely, and were one of the most entertaining teams in the calendar year – notching just short of 100 goals in all competitions.
Liverpool have improved further in 2014, and the Reds’ 3-0 crushing of Manchester United at Old Trafford was arguably the pinnacle in Brendan Rodgers’ managerial career. It was a result that sent shockwaves throughout Europe, and one which started to trigger rumours regarding the Barcelona hot-seat.
Captain Steven Gerrard has played under a host of different managers at Anfield, but not one has made him feel quite as good as his current boss.
It is well documented that Brendan Rodgers’ contract expires in the summer of 2015, and according to The Mirror, Gerrard has urged his Liverpool chiefs to tie him down for the long haul as soon as possible:
“I am absolutely delighted he is here and I just hope that there is a lot of movement in Boston now, because they have got to get him signed up as soon as possible.”
“When players are in this situation with a year to go and you want to keep hold of them so desperately, then the club reacts really quickly and gets it sorted.”
“For me, I think he deserves a very long contract here and he is perfect for this club.”