As head coach of Swansea City, building on the foundations laid by another pass-master, Roberto Martinez, the year-old seduced English football with his flowing, tiki-taka-inspired philosophy. His aim, both in south Wales and upon joining Liverpool, was to suffocate with possession, to dominate territory and to grind the opposition into submission. You just suck the life out of them. Now his side have dropped to ninth, 3. Beyond the statistics, there has been a very clear shift in mentality. It is a remarkable deviation from a manager who so frequently and gushingly extolled the virtues of using the ball as a defensive weapon, a tactic which was not especially admired by the Anfield faithful and had a tendency to brew slow, laboured matches.

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Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Far from not being ready for the daunting Liverpool job, Brendan Rodgers has been preparing a blueprint for success at the highest level for the past 15 years.

And as if to emphasise just how meticulous the new manager is in his approach to the game, that document had swelled to a mind-blowing pages as he outlined his thoughts on how to return the club to the summit of the English game. It was a detail revealed by Henry when he discussed Rodgers in glowing terms this week as Liverpool visited Fenway Park, the home of Boston Red Sox, as part of their north American tour.

But if attention to detail and forward thinking count for anything, then he is perhaps the best prepared of anyone to take the reins at the club, as became clear as Rodgers explained the dossier. The second is to play attractive, attacking football, and the third is to bring through as many of the young players as we possibly can. But he has impressed massively so far with his enthusiasm, energy and man-management, a point made by skipper Steven Gerrard and all the senior players.

And he has been given support by the large majority of the fanbase, which he admits is a source of massive pride and inspiration. We have to find a way to go forward and challenge again. To implement such far-reaching plans will take time, especially at a traditional club such as Liverpool, and Rodgers knows he cannot make any rash promises after the turmoil of recent seasons at Anfield.

We just have to make sure we stabilise first. In order to have success, there has to be some kind of stability and then we can grow and become competitive. My world has been about creating rather than waiting, because if you wait, you rely on somebody else to make a mistake.


The Dossier: The evolution of Brendan Rodgers

Henry, he famously brought along his dossier, his footballing philosophy that he had been compiling throughout his various coaching and managerial roles. Kudos to him. If the side win the ball back quickly enough there is no pressure and emphasis on the defenders to do what it says on the tin, defend. Of course this is where Liverpool FC circa come into their own of late, reminiscent of the Keegan, Newcastle era. Rodgers is seemingly cutting his teeth tactically at Liverpool. Seemingly unaware of how to get his back line to do their job properly, tinkering with line-ups when his boss is in the country and trying to impress upon them that he is the man to take Liverpool forward.

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Nikojar We need to become competitive before you can even consider going for the title. Liverpool v Manchester City at Anfield. There was even a reluctance to sign Daniel Sturridge — who has 20 league goals this season — when he was offered to Rodgers 18 months ago. I can only see him getting better. The decision to switch Steven Gerrard to a deep-lying midfield role has been one of the success stories of the season. Liverpool to trigger Allen exit clause. Of course, the doubters will say it is on the pitch and not on paper that success is created, and Rodgers understands that only when the serious football gets under way can he be truly judged.


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