Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool – Luis Suarez, empty envelopes & late-night ways – Liverpool FC


Brendan Rodgers oversaw his first pre-season as Liverpool boss 10 years in the past this month. Aaron Cutler seems again on what adopted…

It’s now 10 years since Brendan Rodgers led his first coaching session as Liverpool supervisor.

That’s important, if not a bit scary.

A lot has occurred within the continuing decade, to the extent that the Northern Irishman’s tenure is commonly forgotten. Certainly, he’ll perpetually be often known as the person earlier than the person.

Discovering consensus on Rodgers’ reign is like discovering an sincere Conservative minister. From day one he break up opinion, with doubters vocal even along with his aspect on the point of an unlikely title.

A lot of that comes all the way down to picture. A self-styled ‘trendy coach’, the then-39-year-old was unveiled at Anfield amid a lot speak of ‘philosophy’ and ‘ideology’.

On this respect, he didn’t learn the room.

Preaching the virtues of possession soccer to Liverpool supporters is like instructing Paul McCartney on how you can write successful track.

Kopites had revelled within the success of the Shankly and Paisley eras. Final time we checked, neither have been the results of route one ways.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, June 1, 2012: Liverpool's new manager Brendan Rodgers next to managing director Ian Ayre (L) and chairman Tom Werner (R) during a photocall to announce him as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club at Anfield. (Pic by Chris Brunskill/Propaganda)

Merely put, Scousers don’t endure fools. There could be no reinvention of the wheel of their eyes.

A famed 180-page file, stated to have sealed his appointment, solely served to intensify the sensation he was a sporting salesman. Rodgers’ penchant for soundbites could have wooed the impressionable, however irritated old-timers.

Add this to the actual fact he was changing an icon in Kenny Dalglish, and you may start to know a few of that early apathy.


Being: Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Raheem Sterling during the Football League Cup 4th Round match against Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Admittedly, the incoming boss was hardly helped by a previous dedication to filming a behind-the-scenes documentary throughout what could be his maiden pre-season.

One other supervisor, with a trophy-laden CV, might need put a cease to that. Dare we are saying his successor would have.

But Rodgers – at that time – had no actual monitor document to talk of. And having been parachuted into the new seat of a footballing behemoth, he was in no place to offer ultimatums.

Sadly, ‘entry all areas’ meant precisely that, together with footage of some cringeworthy materials and group talks; none extra so than that primarily based round envelopes…

This earned Rodgers comparisons to David Brent. A likeable determine, however considerably of a parody.

BOSTON, MA - Monday, July 23, 2012: Liverpool's Jamie Carragher and manager Brendan Rodgers during a training session at the Harvard Stadium fields ahead of the pre-season match against AS Roma during the club's North American pre-season tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was towards this backdrop that the Reds entered a transitional season.

Rodgers was true to his phrase and tried to implement a passing fashion that meant taking part in out from the again.

It’s truthful to say this took a while.

Liverpool didn’t win any of their first 5 league video games and have been trounced 3-0 away to West Brom on the opening day.

Earlier than a long-awaited win at Norwich, in the meantime, got here a haphazard finish to the switch window.

It’s since emerged that Rodgers angered his bosses by bemoaning an absence of signings in ahead positions, having been provided the possibility to retain Andy Carroll.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 26, 2012: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and substitute Andy Carroll during the Premiership match against Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trying again, this was maybe the primary proof of self-preservation, one thing that may turn out to be an everyday prevalence.

On the pitch the Reds progressively improved, nevertheless it was solely in January, when each Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho joined, {that a} trace of what was to come back got here to the fore.

And this brings Rodgers’ much-talked-of philosophy into sharp focus.

Come the tip of that season, the Reds had advanced right into a counter-attacking aspect. The sluggish, thought of buildup was changed with quicker transitions, usually launched by the now-deep-lying Steven Gerrard.

It could possibly be argued personnel compelled the supervisor’s hand in that regard.

Certainly, it’s lengthy been speculated he was personally towards the Sturridge signing. But the previous adage says you’re employed with the instruments you’re given…

And the power to adapt is unquestionably the signal of supervisor.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Friday, July 26, 2013: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Managing Director Ian Ayre during a press conference at the Plaza Athenee Hotel ahead of their preseason friendly match against Thailand. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nonetheless, it made a little bit of a mockery of the seminars we’d listened to in each press convention for six months.

Regardless Liverpool ended the marketing campaign strongly. The three-2 defeat of Spurs at Anfield in March signalled the primary important victory of the Rodgers period. As much as that time the Reds had didn’t beat any of the established ‘huge six’.

They ended the season unbeaten in eight and stuffed with attacking impetus.



NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2013: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premiership match against Newcastle United at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Heading into the exhilarating however finally heartbreaking 2013/14 season, Rodgers had proven his capability to harness momentum. It stays his greatest trait to today.

All of the sudden the curious and downright weird experiments that outlined his early months have been deserted.

Rodgers – for some time at the very least – put apart the ego that may pressure him to show ingenuity at each flip. There could be no extra Stewart Downing at left-back, for instance.

As an alternative, he rode the wave.

Round 15 gamers have been entrusted to go the gap, constructing on the boldness and power that stemmed from three consecutive 1-0 wins initially of the marketing campaign.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 16, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester United from the penalty spot with team-mate Luis Suarez during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Led by the spectacular Luis Suarez and talismanic Gerrard, the Reds discovered themselves in an unlikely title problem. They have been flawed however relentless, delivery 50 objectives however scoring 101.

When it clicked, they have been merely devastating, as Spurs (5-0), Everton (4-0) and Arsenal (5-1) discovered to their value.

By this level, Rodgers’ file had been set alight, together with the remainder of Premier League. There was no philosophy on show – how may there be while you concede so steadily?

The one dedication was to the utter chaos that may simply ship a nineteenth title.

It so practically did.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 27, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everyone knows how that run-in concluded and although no person would admit it, we feared it could by no means be pretty much as good once more.

That near-miss additionally served to intensify expectations. A severe title assault might need been anticipated in yr 4 or 5.

Rodgers now needed to repeat the method – with out his greatest participant.


The autumn

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 27, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premier League match against Everton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers’ largest critics attribute the thrilling 2013/14 season to Suarez alone.

Granted, he was taking part in soccer from one other planet and drove an imperfect group to the brink of the Holy Grail. However even the perfect want an setting wherein to flourish.

The Uruguayan by no means hit these heights beneath Dalglish.

Rodgers additionally did job of reintegrating his star participant following a really public exile for making an attempt to engineer a transfer away. That’s good administration, nevertheless you gown it up.

The naysayers level to the next yr as proof Suarez made Rodgers. What they neglect is he misplaced not one however two strikers, with Sturridge consigned to the therapy desk for just about the length.

Satirically this compelled him to revert to kind and overthink all the things.

MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid CF at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Back row L-R: Adam Lallana, captain Martin Skrtel, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Fabio Borini, Emre Can. Front row L-R: Lazar Markovic, Javier Manquillo, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We have been informed (by the person himself, clearly) about late nights on the kitchen desk devising a 3-5-2 system. We noticed Emre Can at centre-back, Rickie Lambert used as a goal man and even Brad Jones between the sticks.

He discovered that all-important momentum mid-season, resulting in a run of 12 video games unbeaten.

However pretty much as good as Rodgers is at using a wave, he struggles to arrest a decline. That started with a deadly defeat at dwelling to Man United and culminated in a 6-1 thrashing by the hands of Stoke.

In hindsight that actually ought to have marked the tip.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 24, 2015: Stoke City supporters with banners 'Brendan Rodgers confidence to manage Barcelona skills to manage Accrington Stanley' and 'One small slip for Stevie, one giant laugh for mankind' during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For no matter cause, he was allowed to limp on for one more 5 months, wherein time his paranoia got here to the fore in press conferences.

Admittedly, he wasn’t the primary Liverpool supervisor to endure that destiny. Gerard Houllier additionally started to mistrust everybody with a media badge. The pressures of the job will try this to you.


Rodgers’ legacy

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers winks at a fan before watching his side beat Aston Villa 3-2 during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So, 10 years on from his first coaching session, how is Rodgers considered now by supporters?

Nicely, the reception he’s afforded at any time when he returns with Leicester tells a narrative. It’s certainly one of well mannered applause.

He was a good supervisor boasting a 51.20 p.c win ratio. That places him above the likes of Roy Hodgson (41.94%) and Graeme Souness (42.04%) however under Roy Evans (51.77%) and Houllier (52.12%).

On reflection, you’d say that’s nearly proper.

Numbers, nevertheless, by no means inform the entire story. He got here inside a slip of being immortalised but in some ways contributed to his personal demise.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and assistant manager Colin Pascoe before a preseason friendly match against Brøndby IF at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Did he get the Liverpool job too early? Maybe. Would he be reconsidered sooner or later? Unlikely.

His largest critics level to his choice to stroll out on Celtic with a historic treble-treble in sight as proof his precedence has been and all the time shall be Brendan Rodgers.

In that respect, he was by no means proper for our membership.


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