Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defied all expectation to inspire a dramatic change in fortunes at Anfield this season, with the Reds now needing 10 points from their final four matches to win their first title since 1990.
Rodgers has implemented a philosophy at Liverpool that puts expansive attacking football based on a possession-heavy style as plan A, B and C, although that's in no way a criticism when you consider a fluid style has now delivered a fantastic 10 successive Premier League victories just when it's mattered most.
The Reds boss has found a way to match get Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard in the same side and deliver a successful formula at the same time, although Liverpool fans will probably want me to stop short of further praise with work to be done on the pitch between now and mid-May.
Across the Premier League and Championship though there are other coaches who have made the most of their resources and deserve praise for defying all expectation to deliver successful campaigns, which means Rodgers definitely has a fight on his hands to be named Manager of the Year by the LMA.
The LMA's award has thrown a curveball that looks well beyond who wins the title in recent seasons, with Alan Pardew and Roy Hodgson claiming the prize for their sterling work at Newcastle United and Fulham respectively.
As bookmakers attempt to second-guess who can challenge Rodgers for the crown GMS has decided to cast their gaze over the top 10 candidates for a blue-ribbon award, with Manchester United fans well aware that at 250/1 beleaguered boss David Moyes has some serious work to do in search of his fourth LMA gong.
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