It’s not just Brendan Rodgers who’s been talking to the press ahead of Monday night’s game. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has also had his say and he’s been full of praise for his opposite number – who he says is more than capable of leading a Liverpool title challenge this season.
Howe, who’s won three promotions during his time as the Cherries boss and was recently voted both the Football League Manager of the Decade and the LMA Manager of the Year, even reckons that Liverpool are better off without former striker Luis Suarez – despite our struggles without the Uruguayan last season.
Back in the 2013-14 season, PFA Player of the Year Suarez scored 31 goals to lead us agonisingly close to our maiden Premier League title. Last year, we flopped massively without him, finishing sixth and finding the net just 52 times.
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However in quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, Howe has expressed his belief that Rodgers has already began to turn things back around, with our seven summer signings taking us back to that elite level.
“This will be possibly the best Liverpool team Brendan has put together,” he said. “He has very talented individuals and has had longer to work with the players so they will be in tune with what he wants to do.
“Liverpool will be competing for the top places in the league so this is going to be one of our hardest games of the season. We have to make sure we turn up.”
The source state that Rodgers and Howe enjoy a highly positive relationship, which dates back to Swansea’s games with Burnley when both the managers were aiming for promotion with their respective Championship clubs.
“I enjoyed meeting him [Rodgers] and we built up a good relationship. I went to see him work and thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” Howe added.
“It was good to observe his style of management, how he conducts himself and get his thoughts on the game. He was very accommodating. When you watch someone work with high standards it is educating and as a young coach it was invaluable.”