One day your the manager of Liverpool Football Club, the next day you’re not. You’re out on the street and from that day on if you so much as whisper the word “Liverpool,” the entire football-obsessed earth will know about it. So, yada yada yada, you move to Scotland, change your name to Rendan Odgers and lay low. But, not so fast, Rendan. The party’s over. You see, we found you out after someone realized that Celtic FC fans had begun using hyperbolic percentages to enhance their team’s merit. It’s you, Brendan Rodgers, we 110% sure of it.
Liverpool currently sit in third place in the Premier League. Four points behind Chelsea. One back from Alexis Sanchez and the Arsenal Ten, level on points with the Manchester City Brawlers. The team has been good and looked excellent at times this season. They have made a case for themselves at the business end of the league. And it’s surprising. I’m surprised, full disclosure.
Jürgen Klopp has taken a solid group of players, added a few key men in a few key positions and coached them into a force of controlled chaos. Sharpness of thought. Reckless abandon. When the players are on, it’s spellbinding.
But, of course, the man to first direct that core group of solid players was Brendan Rodgers, former Liverpool manager, current Celtic boss, sometimes user of delightfully gleeful remarks. He was recently asked to approximate just how close Liverpool are to the Premier League title.
“Very close, very close,” Rodgers said.
Speaking of the Bournemouth game, he added, “It’s just unfortunate the other day, I thought they were excellent in the first half.
“You get to 3-1, I’ve had similar games there myself, we looked like we were in control and then you lose them.
As well as brimming with optimism, Rodgers also continues to be gracious toward Liverpool since his early dismissal a year ago and has had nothing but praise for Klopp.
“As I’ve said, he’s done great, Jürgen,” said Rodgers. “He’s got them really working, got them focused and they’ve got big quality in the squad so, I’m sure they’ll be in with a great chance.”
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Daniel Sturridge and others were a part of Rodgers’ team that pushed for the title in 2014 and Brendan believes that that experience within the squad should bode well for Liverpool this season as the pressure builds week to week.