On this day in 1973 former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was born.
Arriving from Swansea in June 2012, Brendan Rodgers was tasked with succeeding club legend Kenny Dalglish at the helm at Anfield. During his time at Swansea the Northern Irishman had the Welsh side playing a classy, passing game of football, a style he looked to implement into an ailing Liverpool side who were just coming off the back of an 8th place Premier League finish in the 2011/12 season.
Things got off to a slow start for Rodgers at Liverpool, although towards the tail end of the 2012/13 season the Reds form began to pick up. With the acquisition of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in the January window, Liverpool began to show signs of quality once more, culminating in an emphatic 6-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
The pinnacle of Rodgers’ achievements at Anfield however, came in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign whereby Liverpool played some sensational attacking football, scoring 101 goals in the league that year and very nearly taking home the league title, agonisingly finishing second to Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.Following that season though, things started going downhill, with Liverpool returning to a mid-table finish and failing to win any silverware. FSG persevered for a time, though after a mediocre start to the 2015/16 campaign Rodgers was replaced in October by Jürgen Klopp.
Despite a disappointing end to his career at Anfield, Rodgers’ tenure with the Reds was a very memorable one. Having since moved on to Celtic, the Northern Irish manager has returned to winning ways and won the Scottish Premier League in 2015/16 and the Scottish League Cup in 2016/17.