Foootball loves a good mentorship narrative. When Jose Mourinho returned to the Premier League for the 2013-14 season, journalists all over England played up the mentorship relationship between the Portuguese manager and his former protégé Brendan Rodgers every time Chelsea and Liverpool met that season.
The roles are reversed when Bournemouth come to Anfield on Monday, bringing with them Brendan Rodgers' mentee, manager Eddie Howe. Rodgers and Howe became friends while the former was still at Swansea, and his own protégé is looking forward to coming face to face with his mentor for the first time in the Premier League.
"He's manager of Liverpool," Howe said when asked if he was sympathetic to the kind of pressures put on Rodgers after last season. "I don't think there's too much sympathy to by flying around. He's done a magnificent job. He did a magnificent job at Swansea and is doing great job at Liverpool.
"When you have so many clubs fighting for league titles and Champions League spots he's done very well. He's building a new Liverpool team, this will be possibly the best he's put together. I don't think he needs any sympathy."
Liverpool fans might disagree that Rodgers has done a "magnificent" job thus far, but Howe's sense of perspective is always a good reminder that no matter how poorly Liverpool might have done last year, there were still fourteen teams and multiple leagues that did that much poorer. It's not necessarily a comforting thought, but it's a sobering reminder that being somewhere near the top is no easy task.