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Brendan Rodgers could be Liverpool's Arsene Wenger

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Who would have thought that after Brendan Rodgers lost his first Premier League game 3-0 against West Bromwich Albion, he would steer Liverpool to second place in the table 55 Premier League games later and within a chance of winning the title?

The Northern Irishmen was seen by many as a risky appointment and quite rightly so; Rodgers had only one full Premier League campaign under his belt.

We all knew Rodgers was a good coach from his early days at Chelsea, where he gained many admirers for his work with the youth team; one being Jose Mourinho, who then promoted him to reserve team manager.

Stints as manager at Watford and Reading did not work out as expected, but Rodgers was determined to prove his worth in the game.

Swansea City is where Rodgers' vision of how to play football came to life, gaining many admirers on their journey to the Premier League, making history along the way, becoming the first Welsh side in the division.

Swansea City continued their free-flowing football in the toughest league in the world and put Rodgers firmly up there as a very good manager.

After being appointed Liverpool manager everyone in football knew a massive rebuilding job was needed, so a seventh place finish wasn't a great disappointment as the supporters knew this was no quick fix.

This season, however, Rodgers' philosophies of high pressing, controlled possession and attacking football have come together and taken the league by storm.

This season was seen as stage two of the three year plan to get into the Champions League but Liverpool find themselves just four points behind league leaders Chelsea and the leading goalscorers in the division.

The success has escalated even more than Rodgers himself could have believed and has made the supporters believe again. Rodgers has awakened the sleeping giant.

His success this season goes all the way back to his philosophies as a coach, which was always to develop young British players and giving them a chance.

Raheem Sterling is a prime example of the his belief in youth. Sterling could have easily found himself as another prospect who failed to deliver.

His attitude was perhaps a problem with the teenager, as seen by many on Rodgers' first preseason tour of America, but he sorted this and was brave enough to stick to his principles and gave the youngster a chance.

Daniel Sturridge, a talent known for many years, was not given a chance by either Manchester City or Chelsea but now finds himself fighting for the golden boot along with star man Luis Suarez and this is down to the manager.

I have struggled to think of a manager having such an impact without the backing of a billionaire like Jose Mourinho has at Chelsea or what Roberto Mancini had at Manchester City.

The impact Rodgers has had at Liverpool hasn't been seen for over a decade in the Premier League since Arsene Wenger back in 1996, who not only changed the culture and playing style at Arsenal with his strict dieting and training methods, but changed this for the entire league. 

Like Arsene Wenger could Brendan Rodgers win the Premier League in his second season? The Liverpool faithful can now dare to dream with only 10 games to go and unbeaten in 2014.

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