Dear Brendan Rodgers, the journey to your 'destination' has only just begun.
Four weeks ago, Liverpool Football Club appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new club manager. They have released their record selling new home kit but have yet to add any new signings on the playing side to wear it and, as yet, there is no news on the potential new stadium/redesign. The Euro's are almost over and there are only four weeks until Liverpool embark on their pre-season tour. With 'real' football back on the agenda in the coming months, the fans will swiftly start to return to debating all things Liverpool and the work being undertaken by the new manager will come under much greater scrutiny than has been the case so far.
Brendan Rodgers has played his first few weeks in charge relatively well. The proverbial cap has been dothed towards the outgoing King Kenny, the Shankly-like quotes from his well delivered press interviews have brought a slight murmuring of acceptance from the fans, and the captain and other senior players in the squad have spoken in complimentary tones about the new manager and his approach to the game.
After a few weeks of guessing games and Internet rumors, the guessing game is over and former Swansea City manager, Brendan Rodgers has been named to the same position for Liverpool. Now it is time to 'get down to work.'
Rodgers will now take up the challenge of shaping once perennial league champions into worthy contenders. The Liverpool players, those already at the club, and those certain to arrive over the close season will return to discover a training regime that will be more rigorous than before.
Rodgers has said in the past that when 'when you don't have the ball, you have to work very, very hard to get it back.'
As football lessons go, this is an obvious statement. Anyone who has ever kicked a ball understands that the game is far easier when you have the ball than when you do not. But it is equally analogous to where Liverpool finds itself today.
Dear John......Don't take the fight out of the old liver bird...
If all football clubs were run in line with the Barcelona model, it would be the fans that choose their leaders, not the other way around.
Imagine, just for a moment that the Barcelona model was in place at Liverpool FC, and the fans as owners, were selecting a new team to run the business. Now, answer this one question. Could you see the Liverpool fans voting for John W. Henry and Tom Werner? The answer is no. The unavoidable lack of footballing experience is one thing but given recent events at Anfield, if the votes were tallied, Liverpool's current ownership group would be cast out to sea.