One of the main factors behind the Brendan Rodgers appointment was most likely the style of football he instils within his teams. At Swansea, the Welsh outfit came renowned as one of the most stylish teams in the Premier League and fortunately for Reds supporters, it appears as though the same will be occurring at Anfield. The former Swans boss has stated that his new Liverpool team will play in exactly the same way, although it is hoped that the effect will be even more significant considering the players that he already has at his disposal.
During his time at Swansea, Rodgers not only transformed the Liberty Stadium side from an average Championship club to a solid Premiership one, but he managed all this with the Swans playing some of the most attractive football in the country. In fact, the statistics even backed this up, with Swansea’s passing percentages being similar to those of Barcelona’s.
Rodgers said, “The game will be based around what Liverpool are about, which is control, dominating games with the ball, working very hard when you haven’t got the ball and keeping the game as simple as possible. For me the best thing about the game other than scoring goals is having the football, and that’ll be the idea and the fundamentals we’ll work on – but they are playing ultimately to win. We’re in the business of winning and hopefully we can entertain along the way.”
It would appear as though Rodgers is already trying to mimic his successes at Swansea, with the Reds poised to complete the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson in the very near future. The former Reading forward has been handed an extended holiday by his current side Hoffenheim, and it’s understood that he will use this time to tie up a contract with the Reds. There is also speculation linking the club with Steven Caulker, who spent last year on loan at Swansea from Tottenham.