Taking a job that involves leading one of the biggest football teams in the country is an exciting prospect for anyone. However, after a disappointing campaign for Liverpool last season, Brendan Rodgers arrives in Merseyside with a lot of anticipation placed upon his shoulders.
Rodgers guided Swansea to the Premier League after a thrilling 4-2 playoff final victory over Reading at Wembley in 2011. Known for their high levels of passing and possession, Swansea were favoured by many to stay up in the top-flight. Not many would have predicted that they would have finished in 11th place with 47 points to their name, a remarkable achievement.
After Kenny Dalglish was relieved of his duties after just over a season at the helm, it seemed as if Liverpool were pretty confident that Rodgers was the man to take the vacant managerial spot. So, what are going to expect from the Northern Irish man?
The first thing on his agenda has to be strengthening the squad. The Reds struggled to gain a consistent starting 11 last season, with Dalglish making regular changes to try and bring success. Their new recruits also failed to live up to expectations. Stuart Downing didn’t record either a goal or an assist throughout the season, Andy Carroll rarely showed the form he had back at Newcastle and Charlie Adam failed to live up to expectations that he had built playing with Blackpool.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey are both big transfer targets for Rodgers. Sigurdsson, who netted 7 goals in 18 appearances last season, has already agreed a £6.8million deal with the Welsh club. Despite this, Rodgers is still keen of bringing the young Icelandic midfielder to Anfield and poaching him from his former club.
Dempsey had a sensational year for Fulham last year, finding the net 21 times and becoming the first American to score a Premier League hat trick in the process. He has a year left on his contract at Craven Cottage and has expressed the fact that he would like to go to a team playing Champions League football. Many teams in the Premier League will want him, but could the recent addition of Brenden Rodgers lure him to Anfield?
If both Sigurdsson and Dempsey sign with Liverpool, they will help form a formidable midfield unit and could go someway to establishing a new era of football at Anfield. Having a decent midfield plays a critical part in Rodgers’ style of football and that is why he has opened his intentions of signing midfielders early.
I hope that Rodgers brings the success that he deserves to Liverpool after achieving great things with Swansea and brings them close to winning the title, something they haven’t achieved in 22 years.