Jordan Henderson: Brendan Rodgers is among world's best managers

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Jordan Henderson has praised Brendan Rodgers for turning Liverpool's fortunes around of late and believes he is "one of the top manager in the world."

Rodgers was appointed manager of the Reds in July 2012 and after a disappointing first season on Merseyside, the Northern Irishman almost gave his club their first league title last term for 24 years when finishing second in the Premier League to Manchester City.

This campaign has been quite different for Liverpool who sit just eighth in the top flight and have started extremely slowly, struggling for results.

Rodgers has worked hard to find a system to bring success at Anfield and in recent weeks has reverted to a 3-4-2-1 system that has saw the five-time European Champions play much more positive football and began to look like the outfit of last season.

And Henderson has hailed his boss for his persistent and believes Liverpool can continue their push for a top-four finish.

“The manager has been fantastic ever since he came to the club,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo. “He’s working really hard for us on the training field to ensure that tactically we are better and improving all the time.

“It’s up to us as players to ensure we put that into practice on the pitch and we definitely did that against Swansea. We got our just rewards for that.

“The manager has always been the same. He has always looked to improve things on the training field.

“It’s down to us as players to make sure we do that on match-days. If we keep playing like that we’ll get that consistency and more good results.

“The manager has always tried to help me as a player and improve me. He does that with everyone in the squad. He wants everyone to improve.

“For me, he’s one of the top managers in the world.

“We just have to make sure we keep on putting in the hard work and listening to what he has to say. If we do that then we’ll keep going in the right direction.

“On the training field he’s always looking to improve us in every single way possible for us to have the best chance of winning games.

“You can see that during games. If it’s not going right in the first 10 to 15 minutes he will change something.

“He’s outstanding at seeing what’s happening in games and changing it whenever he needs to.”

Change Of Tactics

Since Liverpool reverted to the new formation, there's no doubt it has been more successful.

Previously, the 4-3-3 system became predictable for the opposition and the new signings at Anfield were struggling to integrate with last season's players who knew the formation so well.

Mario Balotelli has lead the front-line for the most part this term whilst Daniel Sturridge has been out injured and is one who was not comfortable with the tactics.

The Reds were all about pace and movement during the 2013/14 campaign and hitting teams on the counter-attack, however, Balotelli refused to take these tactics on board.

In the 3-4-2-1, Raheem Sterling has been playing as a make-do striker and although he's not the finished article, it has brought movement ahead which has benefited Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in particular.

Tough 2015

The ex-Swansea City boss now faces the up-most task of aiding his side to second successive Champions League finish.

Liverpool over-achieved last season, however once they finished second in the Premier League, fans expected the club to do similar this term and beyond.

Although a top-four finish is not out of the question, it is going to be difficult as the Reds are five points behind fourth spot.

Rodgers faces big tasks ahead of him - will he bring in new recruits in January that will improve the Liverpool team? After a poor summer transfer window with the likes of Balotelli and Dejan Lovren not firing as well as Simon Mignolet from the season prior, the 41-year-old has wasted a lot of his transfer kitty on under-fire players.

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