When Brendan Rodgers left Swansea City and took charge of Liverpool, a wind of change seemed imminent at Anfield. Free-flowing and possession football appeared to be on the cards with Rodgers mentality being instrumental in the success of the first Welsh side in Premier League history last year. Liverpool owner John Henry saw something in Rodgers, and looked to the future.
One can applaud Henry’s loyalty to the club and his manager through these transitional times, with Liverpool currently sitting in 12th place in the league. Following last week’s bizarre declaration that Liverpool were looking to secure at least a Champions League spot, Brendan Rodgers’ men went out onto the pitch on Saturday afternoon at Anfield and were totally outplayed and lacked a cutting edge, against a struggling, relegation standard side, Aston Villa.
It was a second defeat in 12 games for Liverpool and will serve as a reality check to their growing levels of optimism and expectancy that they might be able to launch an assault on the Champions League places. The transitional period that Brendan Rodgers is currently in at Liverpool, has come under both scrutiny and optimism. The introduction of vibrant youth players such as Raheem Sterling and Suso has been applauded, yet, the reliance of said players has seen its affects. Sterling has played 26 games already this season and looked non-existent in the defeat to Villa. The reliance on sole striker Luis Suarez, has also had a damaging affect on the Reds’ season.
Furthermore, Rodgers’ man-management skills have been rather public and at times, disrespectful. Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, to name a few, have been told in a public demeanour that they have no future in the Northern Irishman’s plans. It will take time and patience for Brendan Rodgers philosophy to thoroughly come through the Liverpool side, and it appears John Henry backs him as much as he can.
It can be said that Brendan Rodgers has the backing of his board, and will never walk alone on his plans and philosophy.