Brendan Rodgers has brought a refreshing hue to Anfield in these last couple of weeks. He offers a completely different approach to Kenny Dalglish, who always kept his cards close to his chest. By comparison, Rodgers likes to be as open as is feasible in his position, which is always nice for the fans of a club.
He has also surprised a few with his transfer activity so far. While many expected high profile signings such as Adam Johnson and Stevan Jovetic, Rodgers has gone about his work with a single minded assurance. He knows who he wants to bring in to the club and he won’t be swayed by others’ opinions on the matter.
It really feels as if this man has a genuine vision for the club and the way he wants this team to play. If he’s not careful he will soon be labelled ‘The Irish Pep’ or ‘Rodgiola’. I’ll do some work on those names and get back to you.
Anyway, young Fabio Borini is in and it’s only a matter of time before Clint Dempsey joins him. The next mooted signing is Swansea midfielder Joe Allen. Again, this may seem like a rather surprising target but the boss has seen this guy close up, and at length, and obviously feels that he can not only do a job, but excel at Liverpool.
The Reds have bought unconvincingly in midfield since the departures of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso. Charlie Adam looks at times like the step up in class is a little too much for him. Jordan Henderson has many questions to answer on the pitch before he can be considered an important part of the long term project. And many Liverpool fans have only recently warmed to Lucas after some rather watery performances at the start of his Anfield career. With Steven Gerrard entering the Autumn of his career Liverpool need a new talisman in the engine room.
Allen will jump at the chance to join the northwest giants and will hope to have a central role in Rodgers Liverpool. At 22 the classy Welsh international has his whole career ahead of him and is already seen as one of the brightest British prospects in the game. Accordingly, Stuart Pearce has selected him for the Olympic squad.
There is a very good chance that he will already be a Liverpool player before the tournament kicks off.