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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Brendan Rodgers can be Liverpool's Special One

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool and Andre Villas-Boas manager of Tottenham Hotspur on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool and Andre Villas-Boas manager of Tottenham Hotspur on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Other than being sacked within 48 hours of each other, former West Brom boss Steve Clarke and the now ex-Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas have something else in common – they both served their apprenticeship under Jose Mourinho while at Chelsea.

Should our own Brendan Rodgers – who also worked under the Special One at Stamford Bridge – be worried that he is going to make it three in a row?

Well, frankly, no.

There are two particular reasons why Liverpool are closer to handing Brendan a new contract than his P45.

For a start, his team is flying high, just two points off the top of the Premiership, as the Anfield faithful enjoy their best run in years.

Secondly, while he may have learned his trade alongside Mourinho, Liverpool are playing the kind of football that Chelsea fans can only dream of seeing in west London.

And that is the main reason why he is still in a job while his former Blues colleagues are pondering their futures.

You see, under Clarke and AVB the Baggies and Spurs, while they sparkled at times, were happy to be like Chelsea – solid, functional and content to grind out three points in whatever way necessary.

Rodgers is different and, rather than being a Mourinho clone, he is very much his own man.

When Liverpool saw Tottenham wobbling they went for the kill, landing a couple more knock-out blows that sent Villas-Boas to the canvas.

Given time – and a few million, of course – Rodgers can bring silverware back to Anfield. And wouldn't that be special?

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