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Biting Back: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers works magic again

By Steven Beacom

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is working his magic once more.

The Reds, having defeated Burnley 2-0 on Wednesday, are unbeaten in 12 league games, moving from 10th to fifth in that period.

The Anfield outfit may have exited Europe last month, but domestically they are unstoppable at the moment. The swagger is back. Champions League qualification and FA Cup success is on.

And it's all down to the Carnlough native, who troubled by poor results and performances earlier in the season, devised a new system to suit his personnel.

It has worked a treat. To Rodgers the team is always the star, but he relishes inspiring key individuals within his set up to realise their potential and lift those around them. Like Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson for instance, who have been in superb form lately.

This week Rodgers admitted he needed to find solutions to the problems of months ago or face the sack. In difficult times managers either wilt or grow. Brendan did the latter. I've always said he is a lot tougher than most people think.

And remember the team has been delivering without the injured Steven Gerrard, who of course is LA bound at the end of the campaign.

Unthinkable for many years and even up until a few months ago, Rodgers is showing there can be life at Liverpool after Stevie G.

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