Year 4 Really is Brendan’s Year 3

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So much has been written and said since Liverpool’s 2014/15 season petered out with the abysmal 6-1 away defeat to Stoke City that it’s hard not to cover old ground.

Much of it was targeted at Brendan Rodgers and how he should pay for the disappointment by losing his job, after all Brendan had said “judge me after 3 years”. That’s what the man wanted and that’s what has happened, in the fan base anyway.

Year 4 Brendan

It’s clear however, that Fenway Sports Group hold Brendan to a different level of accountability than a large percentage of supporters.

Rather than sack him, or possibly even worse, force him to cede control and have players and staff foisted upon him, FSG have empowered Rodgers.

To them it seems that Year 4 really is going to be Year 3 for Brendan.

It’s easy to pick holes in this theory if you believe the conspiracists out there who are certain that Jurgen Klopp is just sitting back on a beach, casting one eye over Liverpool’s results and devising a plan to rescue us from the relegation zone after the opening 10 games of the 2015-16 season. Those same conspiracists will tell you that it was Jurgen Klopp who has convinced Roberto Firmino to join Liverpool, after all Brendan Rodgers can’t attract the top players, can he?

Of course, what they won’t tell you is that James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are signings that have Brendan’s finger prints all over them. British players, playing in the British game. Players who he believes have the necessary skill set to help return Liverpool to the Champions League and beyond.

Brendan Rodgers is Fenway Sports Group’s man. He has been given the power to do as he see’s fit and it’s decision to be applauded.

They believe he is the right man for the job. Whether you or I do is largely irrelevant.

They will certainly expect to see changes this season and I believe we will see the Liverpool Brendan Rodgers dreamt about when he first got the job in June 2012. It wouldn’t be the biggest stretch of imagination to picture Brendan dusting down the dossier and it being read and re-read over and over again during those weeks when we couldn’t even get one soundbite from the boss.

I believe we’ll see a return of the ferocious pressing from the front, the high intensity work rate from our dogged, yet technically gifted midfield and the perfection in anticipation from our precociously talented array of attackers.

That was the dream for Brendan, that’s what he wanted to have in place within those 3 years. That was to be his legacy.

The way last season finished is not how he wants to be remembered, it’s not what anybody wants to remember him. If he’s going to leave, he’s going to leave having done it his way.

For too long we’ve seen Brendan struggle with his belief’s versus how to get the best out of our star men. First it was Luis Suarez and now with Steven Gerrard having left there is no longer that problem, that stone has been removed from Brendan’s neck. He is free to give us the team he has always believed in, the team that got us all so excited when he first arrived. He is ready to give us our identity. In his very best Will Graham from Hannibal impression, expect Brendan to say “This is my design”.

All the parts are in place, a new coaching staff to help push Brendan along, to offer an experienced ear, a fresh tactical approach, an arm around the shoulder or in Gary McAllister’s case a dour Scottish look that say’s, pull your finger out, this is Liverpool Football Club and that is not acceptable.

New arrivals on the pitch have also been plentiful and short of a striker, it’s safe to say this is Brendan’s most complete squad. That’s Brendan’s most compete squad, not yours or mine.

There’s a mixture of youth and experience in almost every position. There’s the tactical and technical flexibility that Brendan craves.

We will play different formations but our style will remain the same.

We will hunt in packs, we will protect and pass the ball like our lives depend on it, when the chances arise we will be clinical, we will make coming to Anfield the hardest 90 minutes of our opponents lives once more.

In all probability, we won’t be defensively sound but we will be everything Brendan Rodgers expected us to be after 3 years.

It’s Year 4, the excuses are gone. We know it and more importantly he knows it.

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  1. trully you are a brendan rodgers fan, and keeping in mind the heights i have seen my team reach under him, am inclined to give him another shot. His last, especially with Klop and Ancelotti within reach. . .but for now let’s get to it lads!!

    • It was going to be hard to replace 30 goals with Suarez, but we lost 50 goals last season with Sturridge gone. Hard to replace that. Cut into and Sterling were never going to make that up. Richie lacked the pace to press and then counter attack, Bali lacked the tenacity and work rate. Lantana was injured. It was bad circumstances all around. Many down BR, but he brought an exciting brand of football two years ago. It can be repeated this year. The new guys from last year will be settled, Can, Ibe, Markovic, Lallana and Moreno will contribute with goals. Lovren will be more settled. Clyne, Milner, Gomez, Ings, Original and Firmino all should produce. The team is such a net positive from last year.

  2. Ok, so if we’re writing off last season and pretending that this is Rodgers’ 3rd season in charge, does that mean that the target should be 82 points and a title challenge?

  3. yeah, sure, we will see Liverpool playing a beautiful pressing football… yeah, i totally believe that… right, i also Believe that Benteke will score 9001 goals for us this season….

  4. well said.. even i believed that this is what rodgers wanted… tactical and technically good players… they are hardworking… and maybe benteke is the final piece of the puzzle..

    if and sturridge/balo are fielded.. they will drop deep while benteke will be up ahead… and our plan B- to play the british way.. can be implemented with him… good signing..

    lets go reds..

    p.s.- just imagine, what if he was on our bench/lineup against chelsea in “that” infamous match.. he can be useful in such cases

    • hye man though I am all positive for next season but balotelli just don’t know how to drop deep even if he does he doesn’t have the vision to create anything he will rather take a shot that will cut creative players like coutinho,firmino and lallana out of the game.


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