Liverpool starlets can make Anfield impact

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Brendan Rodgers' arrival at Anfield is the beginning of a new chapter in Liverpool's illustrious history, with the slate wiped clean for all players, both old and new, who are looking to impress their manager ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

And, if there's one thing that everyone knows the Northern Irishman brings with him to Merseyside, it's a football philosophy that will align with the style and traditions of the football club, in a system that worked so devastatingly well in the Premier League last season, with his former club Swansea City.

The tiki taka approach is characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession. In order to succeed, it requires technically gifted footballers that possess a high-intensity work rate, good vision, passing, and ability to read the game.

Not everybody is suited to such a pragmatic style of play, as has been highlighted by media speculation suggesting that £35million striker Andy Carroll could be set for an Anfield exit, less than 18 months after his record-breaking arrival from Newcastle United in January 2011.

By contrast, the appointment of Rodgers couldn't have come at a better time for Joe Cole - who returns after a season-long loan spell in France with Ligue 1 side Lille - the 30-year-old midfielder will be determined to prove he still has plenty to offer the Reds, and the same can be said for Alberto Aquilani, who has so far struggled to nail down a regular first-team spot.

The arrival of Fabio Borini - a player that Rodgers knows well, having worked with him at both Chelsea and Swansea - represents Liverpool's only business in the summer transfer window so far, which indicates that the manager is relatively happy with the pool of up and coming talent already available to him.

Dani Pacheco, another returning loanee after a season back in his native Spain with Rayo Vallecano, is looking to have a positive impact and make inroads on the first-team.

"I hope to make an impression," the 21-year-old told Liverpool's official website. "I am trying to work as hard as I can, trying to do my best to impress our new manager. Hopefully I can do that over the next few games and then seasons.

"I got a lot of experience [on loan]. But I didn't play as much as I'd expected and I also had an injury for three and a half months which kept me off the pitch for a long time. But I learned a lot and I think I am back here stronger."

Now Pacheco's focus is completely on proving he has what it takes to succeed - a mission which begins with the club's tour of North America and Canada, adding: "Trying to impress the manager is the most important thing.

"I'll try to work hard, play a few games and do my best. I'll also try to enjoy the experience and show the fans we are ready to take part in the Premier League. I can't wait to play for Liverpool and if I work hard, hopefully that will happen."

Danny Wilson is another player whose progress has stalled since arriving at Anfield from Glasgow Rangers in 2010, but is hoping under the new stewardship of Rodgers, will be given more chances to shine.

The 20-year-old is a ball-playing defender with the ability to play both centrally, and at left-back. His versatility could prove advantageous at the start of the campaign.

However, the most exciting young prospect currently making waves in the prestigious Liverpool academy is 17-year-old forward Raheem Sterling - a player that was handed his first-team debut last season under former manager Kenny Dalglish.

Despite his tender years, the England youth international stands to make the biggest impact and flourish under the new regime, after it emerged that Rodgers tried to bring Sterling to the Liberty Stadium on loan last season.

"The training has been more enjoyable than other seasons because it has been more ball-related," explained the young winger. "That's definitely been a surprise - I was expecting long hill runs but it's nice to come in and do ball work.

"The manager is getting us to play football. It's only been about a week and already you can see improvement in the movement of the ball - it's been really good football so far.

"Everyone is buzzing and they're loving the training. All the young lads are saying they love the way things are going and we are really enjoying it."

New training sessions and different ideas have been well received by all the players so far, as they prepare to welcome back the rest of the squad involved in the European Championships over the summer, with Pacheco adding to the chorus of plaudits being given to Rodgers in his early days as manager.

"Every manager has a new idea. For myself, I love the ideas Brendan's got - it's the way I've been all my life back in Spain with my other clubs and with the national team.

"I'm loving the sessions, and I think everyone else is. We're working a lot with the ball and also working hard on when we lose the ball. That's the way he likes to play. It's hard work, but I think we'll get better and better. The weather has been hard, but we'll get better with time."

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