If Liverpool win the league, they will have achieved that in a very different way to the sides of the recent past.
If Liverpool win the Premier League title this season then the reasons for it are going to be debated among the club’s fans for years.
Brendan Rodgers has done a remarkable job getting the very best out of his players on a weekly basis and perhaps his greatest legacy will be how he created the current group of players.
Liverpool are staring at the possibility of a very different title win to the recent victories which have been secured by Chelsea and Manchester City because they haven’t overspent in the process of getting to their current position.
Perhaps that’s one of the main reasons Rodgers’ men are so popular with neutrals, because in a football world which is becoming more and more dominated by cash, Rodgers has proven that good positions can still be achieved through value buys and hard work.
A good example can be drawn between two of Liverpool’s current best players and a couple of transfers produced by the club’s arch rivals Manchester United under David Moyes as well as the hundreds of millions spent over the past few years by City and Chelsea.
Rodgers spent £20 million to secure the transfers of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.
He’s worked hard with both of those players and they have become two of his key attacking stars and will continue to be so as the side competes over the rest of the season, heading into the Champions League.
In comparison Moyes spent £43 million to sign Marouane Fellaini twice during his managerial career and that doesn’t even take into account the £37 million United spent on Juan Mata.
Rodgers’ spending last summer is also way below the amount of cash dished out by City and Chelsea; City spent £86 million, Chelsea spent £60.7 million and Liverpool spent just £19.3 million.
Rodgers is a shrewd, clever boss at a club where the owners may not dip into their own personal reserves as they did at City and Chelsea and where Liverpool currently don’t enjoy the same global commercial power as Manchester United.
If he pulls off a title win then the way he’s done it against sides in much better commercial and financial positions deserves a tribute all of its own.