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Rodgers' Reds: Class is Permanent

The journey of Brendan Rodgers as he aims to bring Liverpool back to where they belong.
Started on 14 January 2015 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 28 October 2015 by Maximus
Patrick: Thanks man, really appreciate it considering I spend waaay too much time on some of my posts :)

Carra: We can go again

In his latest article for the Daily Mail, Liverpool fan favorite Jamie Carragher took the opportunity to write about his former club and their treble win.

The 37-year-old was a tough-tackling defender for Liverpool between 1996 and 2013, notching up more than 500 appearances in the Premier League and has a number of winner's medals to his name from tournaments like the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Liverpool took England by storm in 2014/15 as they finished top of the Premier League, 10 points ahead of 2nd-placed Manchester United, and also brought home the League Cup and the FA Cup after beating Arsenal in two cup finals, thanks in part to manager Brendan Rodgers' tactical system of passing and possession football as well as star players like Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard.

Brendan Rodgers has played a big part in Liverpool's success

"Liverpool have been so exciting to watch this season," Carragher wrote. "They played some great football last season but this season has been even better. Brendan introduced a new formation, a new tactic and I think that really improved their fortunes and brought the best out of every player in the team.

"I can't say I'm surprised that we've won the league because Liverpool have played the best football as compared to every other team in England this year. Personally, I don't feel that's an opinion, but rather a fact.

"There is simply no other team that can contest their style of play."

With only two losses in the league that came early on in the season against Manchester City and Arsenal just as the Reds were starting to find their feet, it is easy to see where Carragher is coming from.

Liverpool have played the best football in England this season, according to Carragher

"This isn't it for Liverpool," he continues. "Rodgers and the other boys have to think about continuing forward. We've got a domestic treble this time, let's move on to a European trophy the next.

"Dropping out against someone like Juventus in the Quarter Finals isn't something to be ashamed of but I'm sure Rodgers can build on his success by going all the way in Europe next season.

"The team definitely has the quality as everyone has seen. We can go again, there's no doubt about that."
Yes we can!

The Captain's Decision

The future of Liverpool legend and captain Steven Gerrard has been up in the air, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

However, fans of the club will be delighted to know that he has signed a new contract with the club that will see him extend his career at Anfield until 2017, while also taking a £10, 000 per week wage cut.

Gerrard has excelled in his new, slightly more defensive role, and duly lifted his first Premier League title, the one trophy that has eluded him since the start of his footballing career.

The 35-year-old had ruled out retirement and confirmed that he would look to continue playing, and was linked with foreign clubs such as Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy.

But he will now stay at Liverpool after helping to secure his club a domestic treble.

Steven Gerrard will remain a one-club man

The Reds captain had a fantastic year, making 31 appearances in the league and 47 appearances in all competitions.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed early on in November that the club had offered Gerrard a new deal, but he was hesitant to accept terms and decided to delay his decision.

"I can't possibly leave Liverpool after winning a treble," said Gerrard, speaking to reporters after confirmation of his new contract. "I've played very well and I feel that I still have something that I can contribute towards the team. We've won trophies, we've got the treble, we've won the title. Now I want to help the club push for more success."

Rodgers was also visibly pleased at the news and told LFCTV, "Steven is one of the best Liverpool players in the club's history and perhaps even the best.

"I'm very happy that he's staying, he had a great season for us and proved that he can continue to play at the highest level."

For Liverpool fans, this might just be the perfect piece of news for them, to finish off an amazing 2014/15. With their captain's contract settled, the club can now move on into next season without any worries.
I wish that would've happened in real life. Stevie </3
Jeremy: You're not the only one :(

May 2015

Liverpool ended their season with a bang, putting 6 past Queens Park Rangers in their last Premier League fixture of the season, followed by a trouncing of Arsenal in the FA Cup Final to complete their treble win. A perfect month all around.

Premier League

Tottenham 0 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool 4 - 1 West Brom

Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool

Liverpool 6 - 3 QPR

FA Cup Final

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool May Player of the Month

Philippe Coutinho has played phenomenally this month, scoring at least once in every single Liverpool game in May. He has been an extremely consistent performer and clinches this month's award with ease.

Manager's Thoughts

A really good way to end off. Winning the treble and tasting so much success is only making the team hungry for more. Hopefully we can go further in the Champions League next time, and maybe build on our success and win the first quadruple in English football? It sounds a bit far-fetched now but I genuinely believe this team has the quality. Bring on the next season!

Premier League Awards 2014/15

Liverpool swept the Premier League awards, being able to claim three of them, as well as having 6 of their players named in the PFA Team of the Year starting eleven, along with 2 more players being named on the bench.

Golden Glove

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet edges the award, having kept a grand total of 16 clean sheets and conceding only 28 goals in 34 appearances. Not far behind him is Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and David de Gea of Manchester United, both with 15 clean sheets to their names.

Goal of the Season

Gylfi Sigurdsson created the Goal of the Season with his screamer against Newcastle in February, landing a clean strike into the back of the net from 25 yards.

Golden Boot

Falcao clinches the Golden Boot relatively easily with 33 goals in 32 appearances for Manchester United. Trailing in his wake is Tottenham's Roberto Soldado and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, with 21 and 20 goals respectively.

Manager of the Year

Brendan Rodgers is the recipient the prestigious Manager of the Year award after guiding Liverpool to their first Premier League title and a domestic treble. Under his charge, the Reds lost only 2 games in the league, while also scoring a total of 99 goals and conceding 32.

FWA Footballer of the Year

Falcao's second award of the night is the FWA Footballer of the Year, after storming through the Premier League with Manchester United on his debut season, yielding a return of 33 goals and 14 assists in 32 games.

PFA Player of the Year

Eden Hazard wins the Player of the Year award, after having arguably his best season so far at Chelsea. The prolific left winger scored 18 goals and created another 16 in his 37 league appearances.

PFA Young Player of the Year

Raheem Sterling will take home the Young Player of the Year, with his excellent performances this season contributing greatly to Liverpool's success in the league - he has scored 10 goals and assisted 11 in 35 appearances.

PFA Team of the Year

I must have crossed into a parallel universe where Mignolet can keep clean sheets! You bettered the treble of 2001 (consisting of not the league, not the league and not the league) but you need a European trophy next season I think.
Damn, I wish that Migs could keep that much clean-sheets irl!
I have to use the 100th reply of this story for unfortunate news as my laptop just exploded so I can't play FM15. I have the save in my hard drive though, so I'll try to repair my laptop and then get the save back in, but it might take awhile :(

Thank you to everyone for following this story so far, and I'll definitely try to get my laptop back up and running so I can continue this.
Stop using Dota and use it for the greater good! Has anyone given you an estimate time of fix?

I'm sending it for repair today, still unsure if it can be fixed or not tbh :(

Pretty surprised but thankful as well that I was nominated for Story of the Month for January. Thank you for the nominations, if the judges see this. It's a great honor :)
Well done on the nomination Glenn, well deserved :)
Congrats on the nomination Glenn, as Walt says, well deserved!

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