England Premier League — 01 November 2012

Last night Capitol One Cup holders Liverpool were knocked out of the competition with a 3-1 defeat at home to Swansea.

The Reds fielded an under-strength side and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is sticking with his youngsters.


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a very distinct ideology of how football should be played. This style proved very effective at Swansea and the visitors have kept that style under new boss Michael Laudrup.

In truth the possession style of football was at Swansea before Rodgers arrival and it really did rub off on Rodgers. The Reds boss has brought his style of football to Liverpool and the players are taking their time adapting to the style of play.


Unfortunately at the moment some of the Liverpool players are not good enough to play in the style that Rodgers is trying to instil in the team. It’s not new for Liverpool to play a passing game, but it is new for Liverpool to play such a strict possession game.

Brendan Rodgers hasn’t been given much to work with at Liverpool. He brought in the likes of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini for big money, but the squad needed major work. Former-boss Kenny Dalglish had spent an absolute fortune on players that were not good enough for were Liverpool want to be.


For too long Liverpool fans have been frustrated with their team underperforming. Brendan Rodgers has asked the Reds fans for patience, but I don’t know how much more patient Liverpool fans can be.

I have always been a fan of the football that Rodgers tries to get his team to play, but even I now doubt whether he can actually turn things around at Anfield. The signs are not good at the moment and Rodgers may not be given the time needed to turn things around.

Can Brendan Rodgers turn things around at Anfield?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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