Two statistics tell the story of how the new Liverpool manager intends his team to play.
The two vital statistics in question are 6’ 3’’ and 5’ 6’’ which are the respective heights of Andy Carroll and new signing, Joe Allen.
Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he wants his team to play football on the “deck,” so to speak, and to that end it looks as though Carroll will be sold if the right offer comes in, while Joe Allen is seen as integral to Rodgers’ plan.
The ex-Swansea gaffer was extremely keen to bring Allen with him because of his ability to pass and retain possession.
Last season Allen’s pass completion rate was 91 per cent which is even better than the 88 per cent rate of Barcelona’s midfield maestro Andres Iniesta.
Allen is one of a number of players who are bucking the previous ‘Land of the Giants’ philosophy of the Premiership.
Recent big money signings like Allen himself, Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) and Vurnon Anita (Newcastle) are all 5’ 7’’ and under.
It has, of course, been Barcelona’s success that has opened the door for smaller, more skillful players in the Premiership.
I’m delighted with this development because many top sides were beginning to resemble Basketball teams.
Football was meant to be played on the ground and in this case small is beautiful.