BRENDAN RODGERS admits he has “good knowledge”of the Liverpool squad he has inherited, though he says he hopes his players can give him a few surprises over the next few weeks.
Regarded as one of the Premier League’s more analytical managers, Rodgers placed great store during his time at Swansea City on identifying and targeting weaknesses in opponents. One of his first acts as Liverpool manager was to bring Chris Davies, a highly-rated young ‘match analyst’ with him to Anfield.
Therefore, the Northern Irishman knows the kind of players he has at his disposal at his new club.
“I’m obviously a lover of football, so I’ve studied many teams in detail,” he says. “A big part of our analysis into teams and opponents (at Swansea) means we look even closer at players, so I have got good awareness of a lot of the players here.
“But you can always be surprised, which is good. You see people from the outside, but it is only when you come to work with them day in, day out that you begin to understand their character, their personality.
“That comes before any tactical or technical aspect, and it’s something I’m really looking forward to seeing, and to hopefully being surprised.”
He added: “The last couple of days has really been about painting the vision so that people understand in what direction we are moving.
“I had a really good meeting here with the staff on Tuesday. I felt it was important from the very first day that the staff understood how I work, what my values and morals are, on and off the field.
“For the players, it’s about what I can do to help them achieve what it is they want to achieve, and to let them understand the principles of how I am going to work, and see the direction that the club is moving in.”