60 second pundit
“Rodgers must build his system around Gerrard”
Brendan Rodgers charmed English football with a beautiful passing game and a clearly defined system with Swansea last season, but will he be able to successfully replicate his popular philosophy with Liverpool? Having been stung by a shocking 3-0 defeat at West Brom last weekend, it’s clear that the Reds are a work in progress, and the Daily Mirror’s John Cross believes that rather than turning the Reds into Swansea Mark II, the new Anfield gaffer would be wiser to play a formation that suits his influential skipper Steven Gerrard.
“I think Gerrard is such a good player that you make the system work for him,” says John. “We all loved watching Brendan Rodgers and the wonderful job he did at Swansea, but it was such a set pattern and you wonder: where does Gerrard fit into that?
“Sometimes it’s not about the system, it’s about the players, and I think Rodgers has to find the balance between the two, because Gerrard offers so much going forward, leading and anchoring the team. I just think he has to make it work for Steven Gerrard, as well as finding that philosophy and moving forward with it.”
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