New Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rogers today spoke to the media for the first time. Of what he said what as most exciting was for his desire to play “relentless” attacking football and of creating an environment at Anfield that will make opposition players long for full time. It has been a while since any visiting team have felt like that.
“I was here with Chelsea in the Champions League (in the 2005 semi-final) and the players said they had never experienced support like that,” the Northern Irishman recalled. “That was ultimately what won the game for Liverpool and that is what I want to do here. I want to use the incredible support to make coming to Anfield the longest ninety minutes of an opponent’s life. That’s the idea. I want to see this great attacking football with creativity and imagination, with relentless pressing of the ball. I know what it’s like because I had a team like that at Swansea. Teams came to Swansea and after ten minutes when they hadn’t had a touch of the ball they were looking at the clock. It makes for a long afternoon.”
Whether you agree with the appointment of Rodgers or not (I am fully in favour of him) this, if it comes true, is exciting. We have been shit for far too long. A lot of my fellow LFC fans need to realise we’re going to need a couple of years before we challenge for the league like we all want. Get this new style working next season and go for fourth then kick-on the season after.