How does Brendan Rodgers compare to Liverpool managers from the recent past?

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Brendan Rodgers is in his third season in charge at Liverpool with the hope of winning his first trophy. How does his record compare to that of Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson, Rafa Benitez, Gerard Houllier and Roy Evans?

Brendan Rodgers was handed a huge task when he first took over at Anfield. He was following a man that is regarded by many as the club's greatest player - who also had a very successful first spell as manager of the club which included winning them their last title.

Many have tried to record Liverpool's first league title since 1990 and all have failed so far, though Rodgers came the closest last season - but he has yet to win a trophy to show for his efforts.

Four out of his five most immediate predecessors won honours at the club, all within their first three years at the club, and there is a clear desire for Rodgers to silence any doubters by trying to lift the FA Cup this season.

But let's have a brief look at the statistics and honours of Rodgers and his five immediate predecessors:

Brendan Rodgers has 199 points from 106 games, winning 58 of them. A win percentage of 54.7% with his side always seemingly competitive in the second half of the season, resulting in his side averaging 1.87 points per game. But cup competition haven't been the strongest for Rodgers, as his overall win ratio stands at 53.8%.

Kenny Dalglish was in a rather more difficult position when he came to Anfield. Liverpool were in mid-table, even looking over their shoulders at a relegation battle, but the Scot ensured they finished the season strongly after he succeeded Roy Hodgson with 10 wins from 18 games. As a result the side finished sixth in the Premier League, and Dalglish was given a chance of managing the side without the word 'caretaker' in the title.

But it wasn't the best of season's the following term as his side's fairly promising start to the season unravelled quickly and they ended up finishing in eighth place. His total 83 points from 56 games averages 1.48 points per game, with 24 wins giving him a win percentage of 42.8%

He did, however, lead the Reds to the first trophy in six years by winning the League Cup, and were runners up in the FA Cup. 

Roy Hodgson was arguably the most unpopular manager at Anfield when he was appointed by a hated ownership after a relatively successful spell in charge of Fulham. But after a serious of media gaffes and offending sections of the support, he really didn't get off to the best of starts. His style of football and that results that followed also meant it was uphill battle for the now England manager.

Hodgson left them in the bottom half of the Premier League after 20 games, picking up 25 points. His seven wins gave him a 35% win ratio, which was bumped up to an overall total of 41.9% thanks to some wins in the Europa League. One other thing of note, is that he managed to get the side knocked out of the League Cup on penalties to the 'formidable' Northampton Town at Anfield. 

Rafa Benitez was one of the most popular managers of the Premier League era at Liverpool, but ended up becoming something of a divisive figure at the end of his days at the club, though not all of that was of his own doing as he worked under the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett. His record, however, was impressive as he twice set a record points total in the Premier League for the club to go alongside memorable runs in Europe that had delivered the Champions League and the FA Cup.

His 433 points from 228 games gave him an average of 1.89 points per game, with 126 wins giving him a very good ratio of 55.3%, which was enhanced in cup competitions with an overall 56.2% win ratio.

Gerard Houllier was remembered for the trophies he brought to the club in his third season in charge with a cup treble. He also managed to get some silverware again with the League Cup in 2003. In the league, he managed to get Liverpool into the Champions League on three occasions, with his time in sole charge seeing him collect 378 points from 216 games - and 108 wins gave him a 50% win ratio in the league. Factor in the cup competitions and it climbs to 52.1%.

Roy Evans was given a very difficult task after the unsuccessful spell of Graeme Souness. He won the League Cup during his first full season in charge and managed to lead the club to the FA Cup final in 1996, but couldn't deliver the title like his predecessors in the boot room had done. His tenure came to an end when he resigned after a short spell of joint management with Houllier.

Evans accumulated 295 points from 172 games an average of 1.71 points per game; with his 83 wins giving him a ratio of 48.2%, which had risen to an overall 51.7% when cup competitions are factored in.

Overall, it looks as if Rodgers has been up there with the best managers to take the helm at Anfield during the last 20 years, with his points per game only just behind that of Benitez, and his win ratio trails the Spaniard a little. This season is a big season for Rodgers as he wants to win a trophy, and the FA Cup is still up for grabs. 

If he can manage to overtake Benitez's league record - certainly on points per game between now and the end of the season - and win the FA Cup, there will be plenty of credit in the bank for the current Liverpool manager.

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