Villas-Boas foresees Rodgers impact at Liverpool

The Spurs boss feels that the Reds can continue to progress under the guidance of the ex-Swansea City coach ahead of the clash of the two former Chelsea assistants.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is primed for success with the Reds.

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

"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," Villas-Boas told reporters. "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."

Villas-Boas goes into the mid-week game against Rodgers' Merseyside club knowing that a win can take his club into the top four, but with Spurs' 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 said. "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 10 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."

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