ANYONE who witnessed the now-infamous Being: Liverpool abomination would be forgiven for thinking Brendan Rodgers’ half-time talks are ramshackle, rambling affairs.
Certainly, the documentary didn’t exactly do the Anfield manager many favours at the precise time when, while still getting his feet under the table and attempting to win over an understandably suspicious Kop faithful, he could have done without a camera being poked in his face 24/7.
While hardly a majorly damaging blow, it wasn’t exactly helpful, the edit making Rodgers seem at times anything but the burgeoning managerial talent shown by his success at Swansea City.
That said, how often do supporters get to glimpse behind the dressing room door to make a worthwhile comparison with other managers?
Rodgers’ actions speak louder than any words neatly cut, pasted and packaged for the benefit of an unknowing American audience.
And recent evidence underlines how the Northern Irishman will, in the process of a match, rip up his initial ideas should they not be going to plan.
The latest example of that came at Anfield on Saturday when a stuttering, underwhelming Liverpool were being held comfortably at arm’s length by Wigan Athletic.
Something had to change. And , indeed, rather than wait until half-time, Rodgers dragged off Suso nine minutes before the break, threw on Jordan Henderson, switched from 4-2-3-1 to 4-1-4-1 and saw Liverpool reap the reward in the second half.
It reprised the previous Sunday, during which Rodgers’ men, employing a 3-5-2 formation, were heading for defeat against Chelsea until a tactical tweak back to a familiar four-man defence on the hour revitalised the visitors who earned a deserved 1-1 draw.