Brendan Rodgers' reign at Anfield was eagerly anticipated - although many questionied whether he could rise to the challenge of managing such a big club as Liverpool.

His start was mixed, but 2013 has seen much progress and a potentially successful end to Liverpool's season.

Arriving at a club that had struggled for the last couple of seasons, Rodgers faced a massive challenge in trying to revive its fortunes. However, after a mixed start it seems that he has started to get things right.

The January transfer window can be seen as the catalyst for this change with Rodgers making what looks set to be two very astute signings in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

The combination of experience and youth is one that has been used to great success at many clubs and it looks as though Rodgers is trying to follow suit at Anfield.

Under the management of Kenny Dalglish it looked as though Liverpool were trying to build their team around English players - an admirable effort - however one that was ultimately flawed. Liverpool did not attain the quality of players necessary to push themselves closer to the top of the league, and spent way too much money doing so.

However the signings of Sturridge and Coutinho look, albeit an early impression, to be the sort able to allow Liverpool to compete for the Champions League next season, maybe even this season if results go their way.

Despite question marks still hanging over the heads of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini, Rodgers seems to have got Liverpool's transfer policy right.

Many would also agree that Liverpool's style of football has improved since Rodgers arrived; their first goal against Tottenham at the weekend is testament to this. 

Although Liverpool's fortunes next season still rely heavily on them retaining the services of Luis Suarez, it looks as though they may have a successful season and potentially get themselves back into the Champions League - the place where their fans want and expect them to be.

If Rodgers manages to do this then he must be given a lot of credit, and his managerial ability cannot be questioned.

 

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