Brendan Rodgers reveals why Liverpool have proved so hard to beat during the second-half of the season…
Liverpool have made the perfect start to 2015, in fact we are yet to lose a Premier League game. And as we celebrate our miraculous upturn in fortunes, it’s incredible to think about the progress we’ve made.
Of course, it’s not the first time that the Reds are set to finish strongly under Rodgers’ guidance. The Northern Irishman has an incredible post-Christmas record from his first three seasons in charge.
Now Rodgers, who was quoted by the Liverpool Echo, believes he knows why. He said: “My staff and I have a periodised programme set out from day one right the way through the season. At any level of work it’s about achieving that progress and improvement.
“The nature of the methodology here and how I develop players, it’s about the individual for me. The needs of the individual and that goes into the collective. What happens through our work is that players and individuals improve, when you improve as a collective then you get the gains from that.
“We have a great sports science team here and the boys always have a real high level of fitness. The conditioning of the players is excellent and that helps in the closing months of a season.
“The mental side of it is also very important. The measure of our game here is based around confidence. We go into the pressure situations towards the end of a season and our game is well suited to pressure.
“It’s about using various tools to allow us to find the cause. It’s important to find the cause that motivates players to work. For me the second part of the season is massive in terms of tapping into the psychology of players – re-enforcing the commitment to what we’re doing and why we’re here.
“Ultimately, we have an inherent belief in what we do. That combination makes us improve as each day goes on. If you look at year one, when I came in it was all about putting in place a system and helping individuals to become better.
“It was a new way of working and it was bound to take some time. It all came together in the second part of the season. At the end of my first year here there wasn’t a lot of change. A few additions came in to help the group but we already had the key principles in place.
“We all saw the benefits of that last season as with that improvement and development we nearly won the title. Last summer there were major changes again, so there another period of adjustment.
“We increased the depth of the squad but we lost players and I had to re-define the way of working which took a bit of time. But I always said that as this season went on we would get better and that’s proved to be the case. I’ve got great faith in this group and they are working well.
“I hope next season we’ll be in a cycle like my second year here, so we’re able to be in a position to challenge for trophies and compete for the title at the same time.”