Can Brendan Rodgers become a Liverpool great?

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Brendan Rodgers has't had the best of starts to his Liverpool career.

That said, there have been clear signs that suggest the former Chelsea youth coach can revive the club's fortunes and get them back to their former glories from years gone by.

Sunday's game against Manchester United proved that although there still is a gap in quality, it's getting smaller and there is hope for Liverpool fans that they can be one of England's and even Europe's top clubs once more.

Rodgers' style of football has been praised by many, and what he achieved with Swansea was nothing short of fantastic.

Rodgers learnt his trade from one of football's great managers, Jose Mourinho, and at the age of just 39, he has a wealth of experience ranging from managing Championship outfit Watford to guiding Swansea to the Premier League. However, Rodgers knows that this is by far the biggest challenge he has faced in his relatively short managerial career.

Ever since Rafael Benitez left Liverpool, they have never been the club they once were. But the Northern Irish tactician has made it his goal to take them back to the pinnacle of European football.

Its been a slow start and no Liverpool fan will argue that point, but there have been plenty of games where Liverpool have outplayed teams but have lacked a clinical finisher. Now I know many will say that Luis Suarez is a top striker, but the fact is he is often left wanting in front of goal.

Brendan Rodgers has brought in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, but again I don't think he is the answer. If Liverpool can bring in a world-class finisher then they are definitely a contender for a top four position next season. Liverpool do have a serious goalscoring problem and if they continue to stutter, it's not inconceivable that Suarez may look to leave Anfield in search of European football. Then what for Liverpool?

There is hope for the Reds though, with good performances against Manchester United home and away, and with Sturridge looking like a good bit of business already.

Whether Rodgers will be a success or not remains to be seen but there are glimmers of hope there and Liverpool fans seem to be optimistic about the future. With the backing of the chairman and the owners, Rodgers should be given at least three years to prove his worth at Anfield.

If he can bring in a clinical striker to add to the already talented group of players at the club, then we could see Liverpool return to the top of English football.

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