Liverpool facing little short of style revolution under Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has been installed as Liverpool manager, leaving Swansea City after guiding the Welsh side to a comfortable position in their first Premier League season. Along the way Rodgers’ Swans won even more praise than they did points, but the question now becomes can Rodgers carry that success from the Liberty Stadium to Anfield?

In April Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp told the BBC that Swansea’s approach should be replicated by every team in the country, while outlets as varied as the Daily Mirror, Everton’s official website and Sky Sports have carried articles and quotes lavishing praise upon Swansea’s team as a whole and Rodgers in particular. Statistically too, Swansea are highly-placed in a couple of telling categories – third-highest for possession percentage and second-highest for pass success.

Individually, a number of Swansea players ended the season amongst exalted company. The top 10 list of average passes per game contains more players from Swansea than any other club – the ranking breaks down as one player each from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, two each from Manchester City and Arsenal and four from Swansea,. Perhaps the fact that tells most about the style Rodgers utilised at Swansea is that of those four players, three are defenders – centre-backs Ashley Williams and Steven Caulker and right-back Angel Rangel. Building from the back has become almost a clich

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