Rodgers’ Redemption?

Football is a fickle old game.

One goal, one decision, or one slip can be the difference between being remembered as a winner or a loser, a legend or a failure.

In April 2015, Brendan Rodgers was being hailed as a world class manager, and was even tipped for a future at either Real Madrid or Barcelona by some pundits.

Liverpool were on course to win that elusive Premier League title, and Rodgers’ side played an attacking, entertaining brand of football.

Ironically, Steven Gerrard’s now infamous slip cost not only Liverpool the title, but Rodgers his reputation.

Man City pipped the Reds to the title, and Liverpool failed to cope with the departure of Luis Suarez the following season.

After an inconsistent start to the 2015/16 season, Rodgers paid the price with his job on October 4th, 2015.

Since, he has been subject to ridicule, which seems strange.

The man who almost guided Liverpool to the title, and who won the LMA Manager of the Year Award for his efforts, was suddenly seen as a spoofer and a figure for ridicule.

Sure, there was some very poor transfer dealings, but Rodgers was undoubtedly hindered by the infamous transfer committee. His ability to develop players cannot be ignored. Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho (who were signed for a combined £20.5m) had somewhat lost their way before Rodgers brought them to Anfield and rejuvenated their respective careers.

Just this week, Luis Suarez outlined the quality of the Northern Irishman;

“Brendan is one of the best coaches in Europe and I am not surprised he is looking to get back in to the game because it is a game he loves. If it wasn’t for Brendan, then I know I would not be the same player that you see at Barcelona today. Such a big part of my education is down to him and his management.”

This week, Rodgers was appointed as Celtic manager, and signed a 12 month rolling contract with the Scottish champions.

Rodgers’ attacking football and eagerness to promote youth will endear him to the Celtic faithful, and Celtic Park could be the perfect place for Rodgers’ to rebuild his career.

He will have learned a lot from his time at Liverpool, and the project at Celtic is one which should suit him perfectly.

One of the biggest criticisms of Rodgers at Liverpool was that he failed to win a trophy in his three years on Merseyside, an argument which is valid.

However, trophies shouldn’t be a problem at Celtic, and Rodgers will relish another chance to manage in the Champions League.

by David Smith

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