Brendan Rogers has emphasised the importance of history again, as he has added three former Liverpool players to his coaching staff. They will reportedly be specifically working with both the under 18s and under 21s at the team’s Kirkby Academy.
They provide great experience for the young starlets of future Liverpool teams to learn from as the trio have a great deal of experience with both Liverpool and England. Therefore, youth players can gain expertise not only on footballing technique but what it means to play for Liverpool, creating a culture at the club that is passionate about the badge.
Robbie Fowler was hugely successful upfront for Liverpool and broke several Premier League records for them during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He scored a total of 128 goals for Liverpool and was much famed for his poacher-like style, still holding the record for the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history in a mere four minutes and 33 seconds.
He was a crucial part of the Liverpool team who won a famous cup treble in the 2000/2001 season and so is able to impart the winning mentality to Liverpool’s youngsters. He also has some success as a player/coach during his spell at Muangthong United, where he won the Thai Premier League in 2012.
Steve McManaman too has a wealth of experience both domestically and in European football, following his move to Real Madrid in 1999. He had a great deal of success in Spain and was the first English player to win the Champions League with a non-English Club and in turn, the first English player to win the competition twice. Alongside this, he made 272 appearances for Liverpool, meaning whilst knowing what it takes to make it at Liverpool, he knows how to be successful on the European stage.
Rob Jones is possibly the lesser known of the three but is equally experienced, as he made 185 appearances for the red half of Merseyside before injury hampered his career and eventually forced him to retire. However, he was a crucial part of the Liverpool team that won the 1995 League Cup, meaning he too has experience of winning major honours, which is an invaluable asset for any coach.
As such, this is a very clever move on behalf of Rodgers, who has utilised a lot of Liverpool’s youth team since taking over at Liverpool, with players like Andre Wisdom and Raheem Sterling integral to his plans. This decision gives him the best chance of more Kirkby graduates joining the first team and adding a youthful element to his well-organised Liverpool side.
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