BillyThomas95
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Rodgers Revolution - Time to take advantage of United's woes

Mar 05, 2014 2:54 PM GMT

2013/14 has proved a remarkable season for Liverpool FC so far seeing the club on course for their highest ever points haul in the Premier League and keeping their title dreams alive. As a Liverpool fan myself it is difficult not to get carried away with the pure excitement that engulfs the club at this minute as we witness the most attacking Liverpool side since the days when Robbie Fowler graced the hallowed turf at Anfield. 

However, I believe that perhaps this season is one too early to be able to clinch that elusive title after a 24 year wait, as boss Brendan Rodgers has tried to reiterate to fans and players alike throughout the season. But, although fans may be celebrating the potential of winning the title and even securing a place in Europe's elite next season prematurely; the change in philosophy, style of play and positivity that Brendan Rodgers has brought to the club has given Liverpool a tremendous platform on which to achieve truly great things.

Rewind to June 2012 where Brendan took over following the departure of Kenny Dalglish and another disappointing season since the departure of Rafa Benitez. Rodgers inherited a side full of mixed talent that had fallen short of Champions League football and had created a gulf between themselves and the top 4 as Manchester City's revolution took hold.

However the 2013/14 season has seen Liverpool come on leaps and bounds to a level of performance that I had not projected for another three or four seasons, and it's all down to the Northern Irishman pulling off the nigh on impossible.

Rodgers has completed some tremendous feats this season, not least keeping the Uruguayan Suarez at the club. But also to bring an outstanding belief throughout the club and to players such as Jordan Henderson, who has been almost unrecognisable to the Liverpool faithful who would have largely condemned him as another waste of money from the Hodgson/Dalglish era. 

However Rodgers has not only installed a fearlessness into the youth of the squad, Steven Gerrard's role in the side has been adapted and perfected to see him having an outstanding season in a more defensive role and proving the juggernaut of  Anfield could play for years to come.

He's turned Luis Suarez from promiscuity into a prolific 30 goal a season striker who is now classed amongst the best in the world, rescued Daniel Sturridge from being 'another underachieving young English talent' into the second most lethal striker in the league, second only to his team mate.

Coupled with the rejuvenation of Jon Flannagan, someone who most deemed a lost cause and guiding the precious development of Raheem Sterling, a raw English talent, into a player reputable of a first team place and an international call up.


The product of all this has seen his side outscore every team in the country, with the side closest in contention costing 4/5 times as much as Liverpool's cut price starting XI. All this being achieved with by far the most porous defence of the 'top sides' and an abundance of long term injuries including Sturridge, Sakho, Johnson, Enrique, Lucas and Agger, all of whom are seen as vital cogs in the side, in addition to Suarez's lengthy ban at the beginning of the season.

Various obstacles thrown at Rodgers has seen his side play a plethora of formations from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3. He has had his side playing to their possessive strengths as well as pressing well or counter attacking at it's best  All this also achieved in a season which saw the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, City and Spurs spending over £100m and Arsenal signing the likes of Mesut Ozil. On paper Liverpool had no right to be in the position that they currently stand. 

So it seems as though 'the Brendan Rodgers effect' could have a lasting impression on the club and that it is only onwards and upwards from here. And with United's endless woes, including the possibility of no European football next season, what is to stop big name players from all over the world making the switch to Merseyside rather than Manchester. Liverpool Football Club are clearly one of the most exciting prospects on the planet and with the right financial handling and sustaining the momentum gained from this season, Liverpool fans can only dream of what is in store.

Billy Thomas 
@BillyThomas95