Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge welcomed the owners’ decision to give the Anfield management job to Brendan Rodgers, and felt he has a massive opportunity to engrave his name as one of the club’s greatest managers.
The 39-year old Northern Irishman has reportedly accepted a three-year deal with the Reds, after catching their attention with his phenomenal 2 year stint at Swansea City. He helped the Welsh outfit get promoted to the Premier League in 2011, and secure
eleventh spot in the final league standings at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Rodgers, who is mostly credited for developing an eye-catching passing football at Swansea, trumped Roberto Martinez for the management job and Aldridge backed him to go on and do wonders at Liverpool.
He also dismissed the argument that his lack of experience with top-flight clubs did not merit the massive Liverpool job, pointing out that he had already made a huge impact in the Premier League and his scintillating achievements at the Liberty Stadium
speaks at lengths about his potential.
He opined that if Rodgers goes on to emulate his strategy at Liverpool, it will only be a matter of time before the Reds find themselves back in the Champions League competition.
While talking to reporters, he said: “If he can bring that to Liverpool and win a lot of games percentage-wise and bring top European football to the table he'll be a king around the place.”
Liverpool boost an illustrious history, having won the English league title 18 times and have also got 5 European Cup accolades to their name. However, their last league triumph came way back in the 1989/90 season.
Nevertheless, the 53-year old Englishman, who capped 104 professional appearances for the Reds, could not help but draw comparison of the Reds playing style back in the 80’s with the Swans game and bemoaned the inconsistency shown by his former club in the
last ten years.
He added, “I was brought up watching Liverpool play football [like Swansea]. When I joined Liverpool, that's what you did: pass and move.”
“All you did was pass the ball and not give it away - unfortunately over the last 10 years or so, we've given the ball away far too cheaply.”
He went on to associate the Swans impressive run in the last two years with Rodgers, and lauded his efforts in promoting them back from the Championship to the zenith of the pyramidal structure of English football.
He remarked, “I think [Rodgers] and Swansea were a breath of fresh air last year… He's done absolutely fantastic at Swansea.”