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    This article first appeared in the mag in RN199 - don't miss a single fanzine with features like this every month - tonight in RN200 we work out the exact date the Mickeys couldn't win the league for every season since they last did!

    The did an excellent who said it - David Brent or Brendan Rodgers? - quiz recently which got us thinking about ALL the mad managementspeak gems he’s come out with since he started at Anfield. So we found them. And then some more. They need no real introduction; here is the crazy world of Apprentice Brenda...

    “After that opening spell, when they had too much space, I thought it was a near-on perfect away performance.” After the 2-0 defeat at Zenit.

    “Even though we lost the tie the club and players showed why we are part of the world's greatest football family.” After the ‘noble’ 2nd leg knock-out. “We lost the battle but in terms of the war going forward we are very much looking forward to that.” A war, which they won’t face because they are out!

    “I can’t control how the things I say are promoted. If you say the same thing to six different people, you will get six different interpretations of that. I always say it's like a good meal - I'm not a great cook but a good meal takes a wee bit of time but also to offer a good meal you need good ingredients.”

    “Every player I see as my own son. I want to do the very best for them. I want to be able to push them in their lives so they can do it for their children. We do everything in life for our kids. I don’t want to ever miss the chance of letting players understand that this is why we do it.”

    “Joe Allen is the Welsh Xavi”

    “I will leave no stone unturned in my quest – and that quest will be relentless.”

    “When you come to a club like this one the shirt weighs much heavier than any other shirt.”

    “It’s not just about training players, it’s about educating players. You train dogs.”

    “If it’s easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing.”

    “You can only trust yourselves. No one else.” Then immediately added, “You can trust the supporters, because they're the best. You trust your family at home.”

    “My world has been about creating rather than waiting, because if you wait, you rely on somebody else to make a mistake.”

    “I genuinely think a club of our status... can go again. But it’s going to take time, and whether it will be in my time, I’m not so sure. One thing I can assure the fans though, I’m going to fight for my life”

    “I think that’s where there’s a real hand in glove fit here for both.”

    “I’m not going to commit to any stupid statements. It’s about the real world.”

    “I don’t want to be hung out to dry as a fool. I am a glass-half-full man. I have got to where I am in life because I am optimistic. I’ve always said that you can live without water for many days, but you can’t live for a second without hope. If you don’t have hope then you’ve got no chance.”

    "We were brought up not with the silver spoon but the silver shovel"

    "Player plus environment equals behaviour"
    Before 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa on Dec 15th: “You know what, we are 11 points off second...anything is still possible. You want to aim as high as you possibly can - there is not that big a difference to second.” After the loss: "We could easily have been 3-0 up in the game and if we do that we can control it much better.” “I didn't see that coming.”

    “With Paul Lambert at Villa, I see some similarities with our situation, absolutely.” - Both shite?

    “As one of the ways in which we have tried to get consistency into the team, I said in the New Year if we got three wins on the trot I would pay for lunch. Human nature is that people respond to rewards. You go back to school: If you did well in your maths, you got a little star. It gave them something to aim for.” So offering multi-millionaires some food is the way to get them to play? Next up they lost to Oldham in the Cup.

    After Oldham: “They are a talented group, but let us be clear, we don’t have world-class young players. You have to roll your sleeves up and fight – it was too soft.” Back-tracks a few days later: “Sunday was more my fault than theirs. I'm a great believer in young players, I look at the depth of our squad and put a lot of trust in them.”

    “In the incident against Stoke, there was actually a bit of contact, with three of them around Suarez. Nobody talked about the run he made from the halfway line, as he let the ball go across his chest, went past three players and into the box. He should have scored.” You want us to talk about a miss and not a blatant dive?!

    “We have prepared exactly the same for Mansfield as we would Manchester United. They are a team that play 4-4-1-1, they’re direct, and they have a centre-half that throws it into the box from a mile.” Yeah, just like United!

    After another loss: “But hopefully over time if you have a group, who are stable and consistent, then there comes a point when you know what you’re going to get. At times they will drift away from that because that’s life. But you will know once you’ve got that, what you’re going to get.”
    After loss to Udinese: “If it was the tactical element of the game it would be an even greater worry, but it’s more down to individuals.” Nothing to do with you of course Brendan

    After 2-1 loss at Spurs: “I spoke to Stevie after Tottenham and he said it was the best Liverpool have played there in 12 years going to White Hart Lane…to see the way we totally dominated a good side like Tottenham is encouraging, even if the result ultimately wasn’t.”
    After loss to Anzhi Makhachkala: “We just got punished for one mistake, otherwise the players did fantastically well.”

    On Andy Carroll: “To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty, really - I would need to be a nut-case to let Andy go at this moment”. “It's going to take something incredible for him to leave the football club.” “I'm certainly not wishing to push him out of the door.”

    The envelope: “When I arrived here, the first few days were analysing the group. I think there’s three players who will let us down this year. And I have written them down already. Now my point to you as players - and staff - is make sure you are not the one in the envelope, because you are so important.” The next day 11 let him down as Liverpool lost their opening game of the season 3-0 at West Brom. Were you one of the names Brendan? Later on it: “You are always looking to motivate players and you find different ways of doing it. I think the players quite enjoyed it wanting to know whether they were it or not.”

    On his 180 page manifesto: “I started over 15 years ago, and it’s something I’ve been piecing together for many years since. Then, when I became a manager, I put it into a format with a philosophy and *methodology. I’ve added to it throughout and when I came to Liverpool, I presented it to the owners. It’s a document on the culture, philosophy and game plan going forward. It’s a model, a short cut to how I work, the kind of players I want tactically and the personality traits of players.”

    When at Watford: “When I am asked about other clubs, people are questioning my integrity and one thing I have mentioned is I always have integrity. I am loyal and find it disloyal when I am asked about other clubs when I am the Watford manager. There is nothing that has changed in that respect.” Five days later it was announced he had left Watford for Reading... Keep going Brenda, bravo!

    by Brian
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