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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

Season Round-Up: January-May

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side kicked on after the turn of the new year, clinching the Capital One Cup, their fourth trophy of the season, following a 2-0 win over Stoke City. Unfortunately, their dreams of repeating the 'Invincibles' feat of Arsenal from the 2003/04 Premier League season were crushed by the Gunners themselves, in a 3-2 defeat at the end of January. Barely a month later, Chelsea dealt Liverpool another crushing blow, with the Blues pulling off a 3-0 upset win at the Lampard Stadium.

However, things soon picked up for the Anfield club as they cruised through their remaining games. Sweet revenge against Chelsea and Arsenal came in the FA Cup and Liverpool are set to contest the Final against Manchester United.

The Champions League Final is also on the horizon after Rodgers successfully guided his talented squad past the likes of Internazionale and Real Madrid. Their opponents this year are the same as the last, Paris Saint-Germain, and the big-spending giants will perhaps not be too happy to run into these familiar foes, considering Mario Balotelli managed to put five past them in the 2021 Champions League Final.

The Premier League title has of course been retained easily by Liverpool, after Rodgers' men recorded a phenomenal number of 106 points. The Reds finished 19 points higher than 2nd-placed United, and are more than 20 points ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.

Notable Games

Liverpool 8 - 0 Southampton

It was a goal bonanza as Liverpool ran riot over Southampton with several different players from several different positions getting on the score sheet. Richairo Zivkovic opened the scoring almost immediately after the game started and David Alaba added on barely after the two-minute mark. There were also goals to come from Alejandro Moreyra, Samuel Umtiti, and Mario Balotelli, while Saints defender Florin Gardos also piled on the misery by putting the ball into his own net.

Arsenal 3 - 2 Liverpool

It looked like it was going to be business as usual for Liverpool when Pavel Savitskiy netted in the 9th minute, but Arsenal found an equalizer through South Korean star Son Heung-Min. Savitskiy scored once again to make it 2-1 but Liverpool were again left frustrated by the impressive Son who leveled the game once more. Tempers flared as Lucas Romero and Bruno Zuculini, of Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, found themselves being red-carded and dismissed by the referee, but in the battle to follow it was Arsenal that snatched all three points thanks to Lorenzo Insigne's 65th minute winner.

Bolton 0 - 7 Liverpool

Liverpool made quick work of relegation candidates Bolton Wanderers in a spectacular 7-0 thrashing. Ernie Sharp and Mario Balotelli contributed to the scoreline but the real star of the show was Zivkovic, a dangerous menace that tormented the Bolton back line. The prolific Dutchman scored a magnificent five goals to severely humiliate the Trotters at their own home ground and performed flawlessly.

Real Madrid 0 - 5 Liverpool

La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid were left humbled by Liverpool in the Champions League Quarter Finals after being beaten by five goals at the Santiago Bernabeu. Israel dazzled, scoring in the first minute and adding a second later on. Real could not cope and failed to respond, conceding even more to former Madrid man Savitskiy and Zivkovic. Left-back Alex Sandro's own goal served to extend the Reds' lead and they eventually progressed to the Semi Finals after a 2-0 win in the second leg.

Man Utd 0 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool still have one more game against Manchester United this season in the FA Cup Final, but as of now, they have not lost a single match against their bitter rivals this season. However, this particular victory, in the second leg of the Champions League Semi Final, was made all the more sweeter as it eliminated the Red Devils while ensuring Liverpool's appearance in the Final at the Stade de France. Balotelli, a name that United fans have grown sick of hearing, struck twice to secure his side's pass to Saint-Denis, as well as the bragging rights of Liverpool supporters.
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8 yearsEdited


Hello! It's been a very long time since I've posted on here. I got caught up with national exams and just life in general, but now I'm done with all of that. However, with the release date of FM16 closing on us, and myself having played this story's save all the way until 2024 (about 2 seasons ahead of this story), I've decided to prematurely end Rodgers' Reds: Class is Permanent.

I never expected this story to be such a big thing when I started it back in January and it's become my second successful story on here after David Beckham: From Hero to Zero. More importantly, it was a very fun story to write and I would just like to thank everyone who read and gave their opinions on all the random stuff I dished out here.

Also, I have been nominated for FM Scout's FM15 Story of the Year. So yeah, vote for me if you'd like.

Last but not least, it feels a bit silly but I would like to honor three of my favorite players in this long-running save.

James Ward-Prowse - 288 games, 41 goals, and 38 trophies. Made Liverpool captain in 2019 after Gerrard's retirement and clinched the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2022. Now a Merseyside legend.
Richairo Zivkovic - 224 games, 170 goals, and 34 trophies. The incredible Dutchman who couldn't stop scoring. Perhaps the best striker to ever grace the Anfield pitch.
Mario Balotelli - 246 games, 150 goals, and 35 trophies. Another lethal finisher. Came close to winning the Ballon d'Or and made the top three on three occasions.

That's all from me, for now. Once again, thank you very much for reading this if you have and I look forward to writing another Football Manager story. Maybe in FM16?

FM15 Liverpool Trophy Record 2015-2023
7 Premier Leagues - 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
7 League Cups - 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
6 Community Shields - 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
6 Club World Cups - 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
6 Champions Leagues - 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
5 UEFA Super Cups - 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
5 FA Cups - 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022, 2023
42 Trophies
The best story of FM 15. Very sad to see it finish. First time I have heard that you have a beckham story, will start to read it now.
Brilliant story Glenn! The amount of effort in every update was incredible

Good luck for SoTY

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