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Bringing back legends was a Brendan Rodgers masterstroke

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Yesterday it was announced that Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers has decided to bring back Liverpool legends from days gone by to nurture new talent for the youth squads.

The Red's boss has enlisted the help of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones to provide specialist coaching sessions on a part-time basis for the under-21 and under-18 sides.

It has been reported that Rodgers is keen to make the most of their know-how, and feels that the youngsters of the Kirkby academy will benefit from the experience.

The unveiling of Rodgers new ploy came on the same day as Steven Gerrard spoke with the BBC about the challenges young English players face getting recognised nowadays.

Gerrard praised Rodgers, saying he takes risks on new and unknown players where other managers don't.

And all of that has got me scratching my head a little bit.

Gerrard hit the nail on the head - Brendan Rodgers is happy to take risks, where other managers don't.

Risks.

Difficult to define in football, of course you never know what's going to happen - just look at that dodgey game Manchester City played last night against Bayern Munich! Joe Hart - goalkeeper for England, conceded three goals.

You never know where it's going to go.

But there is one thing other managers should sit up and pay attention to - it's not just about the selection.

Providing these youth teams with some incentive is a goal that they want to reach.

In my opinion bringing back those legends is probably the best idea Rodgers has ever had!

The tid-bits of information that will be fed down the chain from the legendary players to the youth squads are priceless and there's no other way they would be able to learn these things!

That means that by the time Rodgers comes to selecting young players for his first team, they are already a step ahead of every other youth squad in the country, and they will know what to expect when they get out there.

They probably already had an idea of what it would be like to play for a Premier League club, but the trials and tribulations that undoubtably will grace them along the way, they are now prepared for.

Situations will be quickly dealt with and managed, because they are expected, because these youth players will have been taught about what it means to play for a club of that stature by the people who have been there and experienced it for themselves.

What can other Premier League clubs do to compete now?

Here are some suggestions:

Newcastle: Undoubtably Alan Shearer saw Newcastle through some of their finest days, helping his team to runners-up finishes in the Premier League and FA Cup. Named England captain in 1996, and Newcastle's in 1999 his career spanned internationally and he netted 30 goals for England.

Manchester United: Ryan Giggs - he's made more appearances and won more honours than any other United player in the club's history with 946 appearances in total and 168 goals. A true legend, he could certainly teach a thing or two.

Chelsea: Bring back Mark Hughes and Gianfranco Zola - some lessons in a perfect partnership would probably be beneficial, as well as motivating the youth squads about what it takes to win Player of the Year, FA Cups and countless other trophies.

Arsenal: David Seamen - his heroics were evident during Arsenal's domestic Cup double in 1993 where he saved three penalties in a shoot-out at Millwall in the League Cup. Famous for crucial saves, he could certainly be a beneficial coach for Arsenal's youth squads - even if only once a month!
(Arguably Arsenal aren't going far wrong with their recent fine form, but this is hypothetical of course!)

Hats off to Rodgers, this is a great stunt to have pulled out the bag, and maybe other clubs will start paying attention to the club that stands second in the table's tactics.

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