Liverpool News: Brendan Rodgers's Arrival Prompts Optimism; Clint Dempsey on the Way?

   on June 06 2012 12:14 PM

Jose Mourinho used these words to describe Brendan Rodgers when Rodgers was his understudy at Chelsea: "I like everything in him. He is ambitious and does not see football very differently from myself." 

Coming from the "Special One," the words were a glowing recommendation of Rodgers capabilities.

Brendan Rodgers has finally been appointed the Liverpool head coach after a remarkable public search for a successor to 'The King' as Kenny Dalglish was reverently known at Anfield.

The appointment marks a new phase in the club's transition. It is a phase that many Liverpool fans hope will be a positive, defining moment in the club's history.

Liverpool's early overtures were spurned by Rodgers but it seems that the persistence of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the conglemorate that owns the club, finally convinced the 39-year old North Irishman to put pen to paper.

Rodgers is no stranger to football management. He was initially head hunted by Mourinho to coach Chelsea's under-18 squad in 2004 but so compelling were his managerial talents that he rapidly rose through the ranks to become the reserve team head coach by the time he left the club in 2008.

Rodgers has also previously coached Reading and Watford but it was at Swansea during the club's championship run that elevated them to the Premiership and it was in the Premiership itself that his managerial competence manifested itself.

Swansea under Rodgers gave a good account of themselves during their first season in the premier league. Wins over Liverpool and Arsenal as well as points picked up in matches against Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea quickly announced to the Premiership elite that the Swans would be no push overs.

The hallmark of Rodgers's coaching style is possession football and his teams have adapted to a system of play that emphasizes eye-catching, grounded soccer. During his stint at Swansea, the club was ranked among the top-ten teams in Europe in possession football and he will certainly want to stamp his style on Liverpool.

At Liverpool, at least on paper, it seems that the pass and move system of play favoured by Rodgers will be easily adopted.

Many of the players at the club possess natural passing abilities -- Steven Gerrard, Lucas, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey and Luis Suarez to name a few -- are all adept passers. It is however evident that Rodgers will need to invest in a creative midfielder so as to properly implement his system of play. The rumoured introduction of Napoli's Ezequeil Lavezzi into the squad would be such an addition.

At the moment Rodgers is also said to be actively pursuing Clint Dempsey, whom he feels will fit into the system of play that the new head honcho prefers. By agreeing to coach Liverpool, Rodgers will carry the aspirations, dreams and desires of hundreds of millions of Liverpool fans worldwide. 

He will coach a club that has been managed by some of the greatest names in footballing history - Bob Paisley, Bill Shankly, Joe Fagan and Dalglish.

It is a daunting task. One can only wish him the very best in his the high-profile position.