It’s now twelve Premier League matches into his maiden season at the helm of Liverpool FC, and with the former ‘top 4’ club sitting in lowly 11th place, just how do Fenway Sports Group (FSG) measure the success of their summer appointment?

With the mercurial talent of Luis Suarez carrying the team over the line whether it be to steal a draw at Stamford Bridge or to stop the nail-biting at Anfield with a well-taken brace, Brendan’s revolution is under way but is it enough for a group of fans who expect success and American Owners who want more exposure via the highly coveted Champions League places?

In all honesty, sitting in 11th place will not appease either FSG or the Kop but what will is the improvements the club has shown in recent weeks under Brendan’s guidance. This article will look at four of those positives…

1. If You’re Good Enough To Play, You’re Old Enough To Play

The promotion of youth has partially been forced on the Northern Irishman this season. Liverpool have had to rely on youth in certain positions but the manager’s decision to not just test players in the Europa League but to offer them a genuine route into the first team through these fringe competitions is something rarely seen by England’s big clubs.

Raheem Sterling is the obvious example of how giving the youth at LFC a chance is paying off not just for the player but the club and most surprising of all for country. In Sterling Liverpool have a wide player with genuine pace, an 84% pass completion rate and bags of confidence derived largely from being given the opportunity to play week in week out.

With Suso, John Flanagan and Andre Wisdom finding themselves ever increasingly in the first team training sessions, the club are starting to reap the rewards from players they either brought through the ranks from scratch or paid very little for. Much like Man Utd during the 90’s utilising the youth at a football club ensures an understanding from the academy to the first team of the club’s culture and playing style. You lose a lot at a club by constantly signing players for the first team instead of bringing those through that know the city and the fans.

And as Alex Ferguson’s kids proved, Hansen’s idea that you can’t win anything with kids was way off the mark and Brendan is now hoping to cement that.