Why Brendan Rodgers could be the main beneficiary of England's World Cup showing

Steven Gerrard England

World Cup heartbreak could spur the players on for their club.

There have been two words that you can often associate with Liverpool under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers, they are two words he uses quite a lot - hunger and desire.

His charges are represented well at this World Cup - six of them make up part of the England team if you count the signing of Rickie Lambert from Southampton - they're there because they have shown that hunger and desire for Liverpool this season. A will to win, wanting to better their previous performances and be the best. 

Their showing at the World Cup for England will have left the Liverpool contingent hurting and feeling as if they haven't done themselves justice, as it looks likely they will be catching an early flight home as they face elimination at the group stages.

But all this could work in the favour of the Liverpool manager, and here's why. 

The hunger and desire remains. There will inevitably be fans of rival clubs chanting about how they have let their country down because they feel they haven't performed as well as they have for their clubs and they will want to send out a message saying they are good enough.

After coming so close to winning the Premier League title, failure at the World Cup will only add to Steven Gerrard's desire to put the record straight and end his career with what he regards as the holy grail. Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge have probably been some of England's best performers in Brazil, but they're nowhere near the peak of their careers and will look to improve, Glen Johnson hasn't been in the best of form and will want to put a bad spell behind him - whilst Rickie Lambert still has a fairytale career to complete after his move to Merseyside.

Rodgers has already had these players playing for each other, has integrated players into the side very well and seems to have made them a closely knit unit. This could bring those players closer together, and the premature end to their World Cup can allow them to rest up a little longer ahead of the long season ahead.

He need not worry about the hunger and desire that Luis Suarez will have ahead of the new season, just look at his performance against England when he only had an operation four weeks ago, although he may be worried about his fitness. 

There's a lot of players in this side with a point to prove next season as well, some are already writing their title credentials off before a ball has been kicked because of their participation in the Champions League next season.

So after coming so close to glory for their club, and probably not doing themselves justice at the World Cup, the hunger and desire to do better will be there for all to see come August. Brendan Rodgers probably can't wait to welcome them back.

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