Phil Neal compares Brendan Rodgers to Bill Shankly

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Phil Neal and Ian Callaghan had their say on manager Brendan Rodgers, with Neal even mentioning him in the same breath as Shankly.

Liverpool legend Phil Neal has compared manager Brendan Rodgers to the legendary figure of Billy Shankly.

Shankly was Liverpool manager between 1959 and 1974. After joining the club from Huddersfield Town when the Reds were in Division Two, he guided Liverpool up the top tier of English football and laid the foundations for decades of dominance. 

During his time at Anfield, Shankly won the league title on three occasions, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup.

Rodgers came close to landing Liverpool their first league title since 1990 last season as the Reds finished two points behind Manchester City, and Neal told the Liverpool Echo, who interviewed record appearance holder Ian Callaghan alongside him, that if he goes one better he could be regarded as the 'second Shankly'.

He said: “If Brendan can go one better this season he will be the second Bill Shankly.

“I know he’s not Scottish but there is something about Brendan’s tone that reminds me of Shanks. When he speaks he sounds very much like Cally’s old gaffer who put all this together."

Callaghan said that Liverpool are lucky to have a manager like the 41-year-old from Northern Ireland.

“When you think about what he’s achieved over the past two years and how far the club has progressed, it’s amazing.

“When you meet the man, he’s humble. He’s the type of guy who pinches himself every day that he’s manager of this football club. He loves it."

It's certainly a massive statement to compare him to the man who in many ways built Liverpool Football Club because without Shankly the club wouldn't be as big as it is today.

Rodgers has a similarly huge task to take Liverpool to the summit of English football again but many would argue that he has a long way to go before he is mentioned in the same breath as Shankly.

Delivering the league title this season - which both Neal and Callaghan think is a real possibility - would be a start. 

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