Friday, 6th June, 2014

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard believes manager Brendan Rodgers has had a “phenomenal” impact at the club in a short space of time.

Rodgers took charge of the Reds in 2012 but struggled in his initial months at Anfield as the club finished seventh in the 2012/13 season.

However, Liverpool were a force to reckon with in the Northern Irishman’s second season in charge of the Merseyside giants, as they were runners-up in the Premier League this term.

And Gerrard, who revealed that the Liverpool players are enjoying playing under Rodgers, credited the former Swansea City boss for turning around his side’s fortunes.


"You have to give huge credit to the manager," the England international told his club’s official site.

"He came in, a young manager taking a huge job – and to have the impact he's had in such a short space of time is phenomenal really.

"I'm enjoying every minute working with him, he's a top manager, a top bloke; I'm skipping into work, enjoying training, and I think every player's the same.

"You can see it in our performances – everyone's expressing themselves, playing with confidence and belief.

“He takes the fear away from you as a player. You're not scared to make mistakes under him because you're playing the exact way he wants you to play.

"His first six months was obviously everyone getting used to him but as soon as the message got across to the team, I think we've carried it out really well over the last 18 months."

Rodgers, who guided Liverpool back to the Champions League after a gap of five years, is currently busy roping in new players for the upcoming season.

He has already signed Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and is on the verge of completing the deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s versatile midfielder Emre Can.

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