Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ‘exciting’ – Glen Johnson

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson hails the management style of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield in May 2012 Photo: Back Page Images

Glen Johnson has heaped praise on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for his “exciting” team talks in the Northern Irishman’s first season at Anfield.

The 40-year-old has carved out a reputation for being a coach who likes his teams to play attractive football, with his former club Swansea City earning the plaudits during their inaugural season in the Premier League in 2011-12.

Rodgers, who moved to Liverpool from the Swans in May 2012, preached the same values to his current squad and it started to pay dividends in the second half of the campaign as the Reds lost just once in 12 Premier League games.

And Johnson, who has played under Rafael Benítez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish at Anfield, feels he has learned a lot from the former Chelsea coach over the past 12 months.

“Liverpool has always been known as a club that plays good football but the manager is trying his own thing in terms of tactics,” Johnson told Liverpool’s website.

“Even down to the meetings – I don’t think once this season I’ve looked at my watch or felt like yawning. When Brendan talks, he gets your attention. You fully believe in him.

“There have been times throughout my career when managers have taken ages to explain something very simple. But even if Brendan’s meetings went on longer it wouldn’t matter because he explains himself in a way that gets you excited as a player.

“Whether it’s tactics, motivation or something negative – stuff we should and shouldn’t do – I always feel like I’ve learned something.”

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