Liverpool and Everton: Two similar managers, exactly the same problems

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Considered

Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers are two of the most 'exciting' managers in football.

And yet that has come at a cost both Liverpool and Everton this season.

When the young bosses get things right, their clubs reap the benefits. Both Rodgers and Martinez certainly know how to get a team ticking going forward.

The Liverpool of last season, which fans have been given brief glimpses of this term, showed just what Rodgers can conjure in an attacking sense. Similarly, when Everton are on song, they are a joy to watch breaking down defences.

On Merseyside this campaign, though, a stern price has been paid for the willingness to put faith in young, talented managers.

That price boils down to two key flaws: the first - and the most important by far - is defending. Since moving to Anfield, 41-year-old Rodgers has simply neglected defence. Week on week, the same basic errors are committed and some Liverpool fans have given up hope that their side will ever re-learn the art of defending.

For the Toffees, however, it is exactly the same. Martinez, just like during his time at Wigan, prioritises open, expansive football - and that does nothing to aid his side's back line.

The second flaw, meanwhile, comes down to inexperience and is perhaps neither the fault of Rodgers nor Martinez: a lack of nous when it comes to Europe.

It is clear that juggling a squad to deal with both the Premier League and European competition has hindered Merseyside's big two this term. Rodgers fell at the first hurdle in the Champions League, while Spaniard Martinez topped his Europa League group but at a price in terms of domestic form.

Liverpool and Everton currently sit 10th and 11th in the league respectively and will hopefully offer far more as the season progresses. But, while they will excel in certain areas under their young managers, the same shortcomings will continue to dog them until those managers learn the tricks of the trade.

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