Belfast Telegraph

Brendan Rodgers 'better than Mourinho and Ancelotti'

By Stuart McKinley

He's only won one Premier League game with his current club as they endure one of the worst starts to a season in their history.

The biggest achievement on his CV is winning promotion to the top flight with his previous club — via the play-offs.

Despite all that one man believes Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a better manager than both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti — men who have won the Premier League title AND the Champions League. Not to mention World Cup-winning boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

And it isn’t just the opinion of an outsider. Glen Driscoll’s title at Anfield is Head of Performance. At Chelsea he was in charge of fitness, physiotherapy and injury prevention before he headed to Swansea City to team up with Rodgers, who he’s worked with at Reading and Stamford Bridge.

When County Antrim-man Rodgers left Wales for Merseyside in the summer it was natural for Driscoll to follow him, particular given how highly he thinks of his boss.

“All the managers I've worked with have their own unique traits, but Brendan has the best mix,” said Driscoll.

“I still have strong relationships with many of the managers I've worked with, and so I mean no disrespect, but Brendan definitely has a unique combination of all the best traits I've seen.

“Carlo Ancelotti was very humble and showed a lot of humility — I see that in Brendan.

“I also see the man-management style of Guus Hiddink and obviously the methodologies of Jose Mourinho in him.

“For me, I feel very privileged and lucky to now be working back with Brendan.”

Rodgers is also looking for his first win at Anfield and his attempts to reverse a run of form that has seen him record just one win and three draws in his opening seven league games is being threatened by a striker shortage.

Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with his old club Reading, the only fit first-team striker is Luis Suarez — and he is only back from international duty with Uruguay in South America.

“Luis will absolutely love playing three times a week, but I need to try to nurture him because there are still many games to play between now and January,” said Rodgers.

“And even in January if we bring someone in it may not be January 1, so that is something which, over time, I need to assess and we'll look to manage the squad.”

Rodgers is believed to have already draw-up his January shopping list of strikers and after missing out on signing American international Clint Dempsey from Fulham — who plumped for Tottenham instead — he will cast his net far and wide in the New Year sales.

Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge is understood to top Rodgers list of wanted men. He has only played 54 minutes for the Blues this season so a deal could be done.

A more attractive proposition for the money men may be Newcastle’s Demba Ba, who has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract.

Celtic’s Gary Hooper and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent are also on Rodgers’ radar.

He is also believed to want Marseille’s Loic Remy, who is out of favour in France.

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