Date: 31st December 2014 at 2:08pm
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Liverpool have one of the world’s best managers in Brendan Rodgers, according to Reds vice-captain Jordan Henderson.

Rodgers has come under pressure in recent weeks, with the Reds languishing in mid-table and out of the Champions League heading into 2015.

But Henderson has backed Liverpool to turn things around in the new year under Rodgers, with the 24-year-old claiming they have one of the most tactically smart managers in the game.

Rodgers has recently changed the teams shape to a 3-4-3, and that has coincided with the Reds most impressive run of form this season.

“The manager has been fantastic ever since he came to the club,” Henderson said.

“He’s working really hard for us on the training field to ensure that tactically we are better and improving all the time.

“It’s up to us as players to ensure we put that into practice on the pitch and we definitely did that against Swansea. We got our just rewards for that.”

“It’s been hard on everyone,” Henderson said of the shift from last season’s form.

“We’ve gone from winning every week to not winning as often.

“The manager has always been the same. He has always looked to improve things on the training field.

“It’s down to us as players to make sure we do that on matchdays.

“If we keep playing like that we’ll get that consistency and more good results.

“The manager has always tried to help me as a player and improve me. He does that with everyone in the squad. He wants everyone to improve.

“For me, he’s one of the top managers in the world.

“We just have to make sure we keep on putting in the hard work and listening to what he has to say. If we do that then we’ll keep going in the right direction.

“On the training field he’s always looking to improve us in every single way possible for us to have the best chance of winning games.

“You can see that during games. If it’s not going right in the first 10 to 15 minutes he will change something.

“He’s outstanding at seeing what’s happening in games and changing it whenever he needs to.”

And on the change of formation, Henderson added: “We changed to it towards the end of the Basel game.

“I thought we done well. He looked at that and went through it with us in the meeting room and on the training field.

“Everyone buys into it because we know he’s so good tactically.

“He has proved he’s a top class manager. We all know he wants to get the best out of the team and help everybody.”