He’s only been out the door a few days, but Brendan Rodgers is already considering returning to haunt the Swans.
One thing that will have weighed heavy on the mind of Brendan Rodgers, other than an overwhelming feeling of dread, is the need to sort out his new club’s shambolic midfield.
After King Kenny waved his magic wand to produce £50 million worth of tosh, and a reinvigorated Lucas retreated to the treatment table, household names such as Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey have been let loose on the Anfield turf like stray dogs.
The results? A despondent Steven Gerrard, no doubt hampered by memories of collecting raking 50 yard passes by Xabi Alonso and slipping them through to Fernando Torres, a toothless engine room spearheaded by the infuriatingly ineffectual Jordan Henderson and the insane notion that Liverpool might have missed Charlie Adam towards the back end of last season.
Rodgers’ first job then is to install some much needed creativity into his ranks, and to perhaps see if he can eke out that all elusive assist from Stewart Downing. It seems help is at hand from a couple of unlikely sources. Disaster signing Alberto Aquilani, who’ll make his annual trip back to England when his loan at AC Milan expires, and Joe Cole are both open to the idea of a return, and both fit into the mold of player Rodgers is after to transform his sides playing style. Skysports report that the manager told the clubs official website:
“They’re certainly talented players, I know Joe well from my time at Chelsea. He’s a wonderful talent.”
Whilst fans might be hiding behind the sofa after hearing the news, still scarred from the memories of the past, if Rodgers can implement both the right way into his midfield re-shape the results could be interesting. However, much will depend on the individuals plans for the next stage in their careers:
“The boy Aquilani is a wonderful talent and a terrific player but he might not be able to settle.
He might not be able to adapt to the country so you’ve got all those issues and sometimes you’re not aware of that until you sit down and speak to the people.”
But it seems Rodger’s isn’t just looking to recycle talent. After his tear-inducing farewell to former employers Swansea the other day, you’d be forgiven for thinking he might leave them alone to grieve for a little while longer.
Swans chairman Huw Jenkins publicly stated a “gentleman’s agreement” had been made between both parties preventing Rodgers from helping himself to those he left at the Liberty, but he didn’t mention anything about players who were nearly signed for the club.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is that man and, after conveniently bolting to Europe after talk of Rodger’s departure surfaced, it seems as though his former manager might have sensed an opportunity to nip in. He told BBC Sport:
“Gylfi came to Swansea because I was there as manager and his scoring record was fantastic, I pushed the club to make an agreement to sign Sigurdsson permanently and they did that in terms of the fee – and agreed the salary.”
“So I have said to Huw [Jenkins, Swansea chairman]: ‘I’m not going to do anything untoward. This is a guy you want, but it is down to Gylfi’.”
“If he comes on the market I have to be interested. He knows that I rate his qualities and abilities.”
So it seems Swansea fans shouldn’t hold their breath on their former Icelandic loanee, who scored 7 goals in 17 starts last season, as he’s probably on the phone to the new Liverpool manager right now.
As for Liverpool themselves, they can look forward to the opportunity of seeing a player in midfield who isn’t adverse to making things happen on the football field, which will be bad news for their current mob of jokers.
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