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Brendan Rodgers proving to be more antithesis to, rather than apprentice of, Jose Mourinho

The Liverpool manager may have worked under the Chelsea boss in the past, but he is carving out a future that bears no resemblance to the Portuguese.

Brendan Rodgers may ask himself what he has done to deserve all the parallels that have been drawn between he and Jose Mourinho after helping Liverpool rise to the ascent so rapidly and unexpectedly this season.

Yes Rodgers worked underneath the Chelsea boss as a youth and reserve team coach a decade or so ago, but that is really where all similarities should end.

Their relationship is not a case of master and apprentice, as if Mourinho is Obi-Wan to Rodgers' Anakin. Tactically the latter may have just picked up a thing or two but in essence they are two totally different managers.

Success and records wise Rodgers has the potential to emulate Mourinho, but that aside their brands of football have no association.

To put it simply, the Northern Irishman is an attacking manager and his counterpart is not. Mourinho is much more inclined to look to avoid defeat.

Rodgers' football philosophy is derived from the Barcelona school of thought, one where a premium is placed on effective possession.

Just as importantly however is fact that Rodgers believes in youth (just witness Raheem Sterling) whereas Mourinho's record shows that is not the part of running a football club which should be his concern, so determined is he to win in the 'now'.

So, if Liverpool win the Premier League this season any mention that the 'special one' must take some credit for Rogers' achievements will only have echoes of hollowness.

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