Following the footballing lesson Liverpool delivered to Manchester United this week, Steven Gerrard has spoken out on manager Brendan Rodgers, praising his tactical awareness and training ground intensity.
Gerrard has worked with a number of different managers, all with different philosophies, having been at the academy since the start of his career. After his team handed United a 3-0 thrashing at the weekend, Gerrard told a news reporter: "I have been absolutely blown away by his sessions, his tactics and his maturity in the job and I am learning off him every single day."
Rodgers' concentration on building a positive work ethic and sense of togetherness has boosted team moral, having only positive effects on the pitch. After taking over in 2012, the 41-year-old gaffer has transformed his Liverpool side from a team lacking in originality to an attacking force to be feared by all.
This season, the Reds are in with their first reasonable title chance since the 2008/09 season where Rafael Benítez's team finished second, four points behind historic rivals Manchester United. Rodgers' unique, laid back personality comes across well in the media and he has quickly become a favourite amongst the fans.
Of course a huge factor in Liverpool's success has to be down to the lethal SAS combination. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are the two Premier League top goal scorers with a combined total of 43 goals. With Suarez missing the first six games of the season and Sturridge's mid-season injury problems, it is astonishing to think how many goals they would have scored had they been available all season.
Liverpool are just four points off the league leaders, Chelsea, with a game in hand. After the United game, Gerrard admitted that Liverpool have a real chance of winning the league, and with rivals Manchester City and Chelsea yet to visit Anfield; he could be right.
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