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Steven Beacom: Rodgers off to a flyer in his Liverpool revolution

The day Brendan Rodgers was officially announced as the new Liverpool manager there was a touch of scepticism around the streets of Anfield.

The Kopites were still feeling down by the departure of the iconic Kenny Dalglish as manager and some questioned if the Ulsterman had the credentials and experience to take charge of a club the size of Liverpool.

Two and a half months later and that mood of scepticism has changed to optimism thanks to the words and deeds of the Carnlough native.

The fans are now very much on his side and so are the players who are loving life on the training ground under the imaginative Rodgers.

Off the pitch he has talked a good game, embracing Liverpool's proud past instead of fearing it and telling supporters through the media and the club's TV channel, in an honest and thought-provoking fashion, just what he is trying to achieve and how he intends going about it.

Results on the pitch of course will determine whether he is deemed a success or not, but it's been so far, so good on that front too.

While all the other English Premier League teams are just winding down their pre-seasons, the 2012-2013 campaign has already started for Liverpool with two Europa League qualifying games.

Agreed, Gomel from Belarus aren't exactly Barcelona, but Rodgers guided his team to successive victories and two clean sheets over them, setting up an all-British tie in the competition when the Merseysiders will aim to break Hearts.

Going from eighth place in the Premier League, where Liverpool finished last season, to the top four won't come easy or quickly, but continuing to make astute signings such as Joe Allen and Fabio Borini will help speed up the process.

Also with each passing day, the squad will learn and adapt to what the former Swansea City boss demands from them.

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