Stan Collymore impressed with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are back in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

Stan Collymore has been singing the praises of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in his Bleacher Report column.

The Reds have been in great form in recent weeks and have re-established their chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Liverpool have picked up 23 points from a possible 27 and are now just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United in the league table.

Not so long ago the Merseyside outfit looked out of the running for a top-four finish, but they now appear to be on course to doing just that.

Former Liverpool striker Collymore is impressed with Rodgers and has underlined the importance of the Northern Irishman in the team’s return to form.

“Liverpool's resurgence is down to Brendan Rodgers being a bloody good coach and an increasingly confident manager,” the 44-year-old wrote in his Bleacher Report column.

“After the first 10 games this season, people suggested he had been over-reliant on Luis Suarez last season and he is being found out now,” added Collymore.

“However, Rodgers shows a growing maturity to acknowledge and address the problems by changing to three central defenders and making bold moves like leaving out big signings such as Mario Balotelli."

All hail Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers is a very good manager and has proved that by the way he has ‘rebuilt’ Liverpool since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Liverpool did struggle for results in the opening months of the season, but that ‘crisis’ actually brought the best out of the 42-year-old.

The former Swansea City boss successfully transformed winger Raheem Sterling into a centre-forward and has been instrumental in making midfielder Emre Can an accomplished central defender.

Leaving the likes of Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli out of the starting line-ups are big decisions, and so is the adopting a back-three system.

Rodgers should be applauded for those decisions, and for the way he has rejuvenated Liverpool.

The Reds may not eventually finish in the top four or win a trophy this season, but the manager’s hard work cannot be undermined.

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