Villas-Boas foresees Rodgers impact at Liverpool

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is the man to bring Champions League football back to Anfield.

The Portuguese boss goes into the game against the Merseyside club knowing that a win can take the club into the top four, but, with their opponents currently on an eight-game unbeaten streak of their own, he remains wary of the threat that they pose.

“At the moment they [Liverpool] are on a good run in terms of form,” Villas-Boas told reporters.

“They would want ideally to turn the draws into wins. In a couple of games there were very close to winning but they didn’t get the result that they wanted.

“They are in an awkward position in the league at the moment but the distance between the teams [in the middle of the table] is not a lot so it can change dramatically for them and they can join the top ten very soon.

“The power of the club is extremely high and the quality of the players and I think eventually they will join the battle for the top spots.”

The 35-year-old is very familiar with former Swansea City manager Rodgers, after having worked as part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Chelsea together, and has admitted that he’s followed his career ever since.

He added: “The first time I came across Brendan was at an FA coaching course when we were trying to get our degrees and qualifications, we didn’t know that our ways would cross paths.

“I saw him again when we were at Chelsea in 2004, when he was there as a youth team coach and he had done really well since then.

“He started his career at the right time, went through a difficult period at Watford. He came strong at Reading and Swansea. [And now] he’s in a position which he deserves to be and he has a bright future.”

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