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Results. Results were the only way Brendan Rodgers was ever going to silence those who believe he's all mouth and no trousers. Since the turn of the year, Rodgers has been getting results, culminating in a mature and hard fought victory over champions Manchester United on Sunday that saw Liverpool top the Premier League.
Yes, it's early doors - in fact, as early doors go, it's really early doors, premature doors for some I'll warrant. But progress for Liverpool under the Antrim man, not just this season but since the turn of the year, is undeniable. Who's to say how far he can take the Anfield club, but for the moment Liverpool fans have genuine cause for optimism.
Rodgers is growing in stature - not just as a coach, but as a manager. People may laugh that he loves the sound of his own voice, snigger at perceived Brentisms, but what is becoming increasingly clear is that Rodgers has the ability to communicate his ideas where it matters most - on the training ground and in the dressing room. Moreover, we are learning that this is no young, idealistic coach dreaming of playing it like Barca, wedded to just one way of playing the game. For some months now, Rodgers has been demonstrating an impressive tactical flexibility and a critical pragmatic streak.
Those who put him down as a zealot of the tiki taka church have been given cause to rethink. Yes, keeping possession, using it offensively and defensively, are still key to Liverpool's make- up. But with the shrewd purchase of Daniel Sturridge, Rodgers added a much more direct dimension to his side's play. Before Sturridge, Liverpool lacked anyone who could stretch an opponent with pace in behind a defence. Someone to worry opposition defenders and make them take a step back. For all of Suarez's brilliance, Liverpool had to work the ball much harder to make opportunities - too often playing laterally in front of their opponents' rearguard.
Daniel Sturridge has been more than just a goalscorer, he's been a catalyst. His jet-heeled, twinkle-toed willingness to run the channels or in behind defenders allied to his finishing prowess have given Liverpool acres more space in which to weave their pretty patterns. And the addition of Coutinho has added vital creative quality to exploit that space.
Rodgers has also nurtured a tactical maturity in his side - a growing ability to read the game and act accordingly. The disciplined rearguard actions against Villa and United, denying both space in behind, have demonstrated Liverpool's growing comfort without the ball, not to mention an increased durability and clear stomach for a fight.
Importantly, Rodgers and the Liverpool transfer committee have begun this transfer window to properly address one key weakness in his developing side - its general lack of physicality. The additions of Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Aly Cissokho should mean that Liverpool won't be so easily bullied in future.
There's still so much to be done. But Rodgers has at least shown with his work on the training field and in the transfer market that there's more to him than the slightly comical figure we saw on Being Liverpool, than the envelopes and self portraits hung in his abode.
Paul Little - follow him on Twitter