Everybody is well aware of Brendan Rodgers man management skills. He seems to be able to get the best out of his players by simply putting a friendly arm around the should to build confidence or by giving them a grilling when things are just simply wrong. It’s a fine balance between being an arrogant arse and overly nice but he has the balance just right, to the point where the likes of Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard continually praise him as one of the best in the business.
But what amazes me, and shows the world exactly what type of man he is, is the way he deals with his players out on loan. While other big name managers such as, Roberto Mancini, or Jose Mourinho, concentrate solely on the players for the here and now and almost disregard anybody on the periphery, Rodgers is always looking at what the rest of his players are up to.
Young Spanish player, Suso, spoke of a great contact with the gaffer while he was away with Almeria and now England U21 captain, Andre Wisdom, has told www.liverpoolfc.com about how he has never been far from Rodgers’ mind during his spell with Derby County.
“The gaffer has been really supportive. When I was at Derby he was always sending me good luck messages and telling me to stay confident, keep playing the way I was playing and try to express myself,” Wisdom told the clubs official website before talking about his experience away from Anfield.
“I really enjoyed the loan at Derby. I learned a lot and it was a good experience, and I’m glad I’m back and I’m training well and trying to get my fitness back to its peak.
“Derby was really good for me because I played in all of their games – I think about 35 or 36 games in total. It was good to find a consistency in playing and the lads there helped me a lot.
“Derby have a good style of play and they like to pass the ball. In the Championship there are a lot of long balls and it’s very physical, but Derby have some good players and I learned a lot about the tactical and positional side of my game.
“It was really good and I wish Derby all the best for the new season. We did really well last season when we got to the play-off final at Wembley and we lost in the final, but it was a good experience.
“There were around 80,000 people there so it’s always great to play in front of a big crowd. It was a good game, unfortunately we didn’t get there but I’m sure they will get there this season.
“It’s always a taster [of big games] but it was a difficult one because we dominated the game so much and for them to get the late winner, it was more disappointing than maybe it would have been had we suffered a heavy defeat. It was a good experience, I’ll learn from it and I’m sure they will also.”
You have to love the way Rodgers goes about it, he never dismisses anybody that is willing to fight for their spot, always keeping them onside, full of confidence and focused. Wisdom is definitely a good prospect and could even do a job similar to that of proposed signing, Micah Richards.