Wednesday night saw Bayern Munich come to the Etihad Stadium and completely dismantle their hosts in a 1-3 win. It turns out that our very own Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and a few others were there to watch the game and take notes from two of the biggest teams in world football at the moment.
Bayern for me are the best club in world football at the moment with no perceived weaknesses I can think of, playing football that is pleasing to the eye and more exciting to watch than the fabled tiki taka that, for some such as myself, is too slow in the buildup and bland to watch at times.
So what can we take from the manager and captain’s visit to the game?
For one, its a clear indication that Liverpool is gunning for that top four spot this season to make it into the Champions League. Make no mistake about it, the expectation is that we make it into the top tier of European club football this term and no later. Either that or die trying.
The other thing we can take from this is that Brendan Rodgers is looking to maybe emulate the things that make Bayern Munich such a solid outfit and attempt to emulate it at Liverpool. Of course Bayern have a vastly better squad than we do in most if not all areas of the pitch, but if Rodgers can pick up tips from the system Bayern employ then it can only bode well for the team.
The last thing we can probably take from this is that by going to the game with his captain, it can give him that hunger and desire to get back to the top of club football. That will filter down into the team and ensure that they remain focused on what’s at stake this season.
Brendan Rodgers said as much about the motivation needed to make it to the Champions League:
“You look at that level and, for me, it’s important because Liverpool want to return to that level. You have to keep one eye on the future and if you look at that you see the quality required.
“There’s an awful lot of work to do, but watching that game was a real motivation. That’s where every coach, every manager and every player wants to operate.
“You want to compete at that level and be judged at that level. Obviously this club was doing that for a lot of years.”
Liverpool have a great chance to make it into the Champions League places this season, and watching teams like Bayern Munich play can only make the team want to get back to that level of football again.