When FSG brought in Brendan Rodgers many feared the worst for Liverpool.
Rodgers clearly lacked experience in being the boss of a club as big as the Merseyside giants, but did come with a very clear philosophy and had earned much praise for the style and elegance of his Swansea team.
What FSG saw was a man with a clear plan - a plan to play beautiful attacking football in the modern way. Rodgers is firm believer in a tiki-taka/ total football style. Made popular by the conquering Barcelona and Spanish national teams in recent years, tiki-taka involves working the ball through short passes and zonal off-the-ball movement.
Unfortunately the squad that Rodgers inherited from Kenny Dalglish was not a squad ready for this style of play. Dalglish used a far more direct approach, with Andy Carroll as the focal point of attacks.
It took Rodgers three transfer windows to offload the less technical players on the wage bill and bring in the players he needed for this kind of system. In his first season Rodgers tried a few formations to accommodate the squad available to him with the most prominent being a 4-1-2-3 and 4-3-3.
On deadline day of the summer transfer window this year, a lot of people were left slightly confused as to why Brendan Rodgers had signed another two centre halves when he had already brought in Kolo Toure as well as also having Agger, Skrtel, Kelly, Wisdom and Coates in the squad. I know that these options lack quality and experience, but to spend around £23million on a pair of defenders aged 20 and 23 respectively is quite extreme.
My opinion is that he had done this with an eye to play his much beloved 3-4-1-2 formation as he did at Swansea the previous season.
Using three centre halves and two wing-backs this modern, attacking formation sees the centre halves link up through the middle channel to a defensive midfielder (Lucas) or create width with the wing-backs charging down the line.
Two players Rodgers did inherit that suited this style was Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson.
They both fit the system perfectly because they love to wonder forward, usually to great effect. One could say they are both more natural born wing-backs than traditional full backs. In these two wing-backs you also find players who love to run with the ball at their feet, link up with the forwards in the final third and have a crack at the goal.
Arguably the most influential link up Rodgers has crafted is at the top with the much talked about SAS in Sturridge and Suarez. Between the two of them they have pace, vision, goals and the ability to read each other without telegraphing their movements to opponents.
With the perfect wing-backs and born tiki-taka players like Coutinho and Suarez, as well as a 'keeper who is comfortable with his feet it seems that Liverpool are taking the modern approach and the league table seems to suggest that it’s working.
Liverpool fans have had their patience tested over the last few years, but with a tactician like Rodgers and the plan that he has, it is fair to say that the wait has been worth it.
At the moment Liverpool are looking like the most fluid and ‘modern’ team in the league, and if Rodgers is given chance to let his systems and philosophies settle, then I see a very bright future for the Merseyside club.
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