Reds deserve recognition

Reds deserve recognition
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Barclays Premier League
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (R) celebrates with Manager Brendan Rodgers after he scored the second goal.

TOP 5 MANAGERS OF THE YEAR

1. BRENDAN RODGERS

Liverpool probably won't win the title, but their re-emergence as an EPL superpower has been really refreshing.

Brendan Rodgers' brand of free-flowing, fast, entertaining football transformed the club from also-rans to genuine title contenders, and there's still every chance the Reds could breach the 100-goal mark in this frenetic season.

Back in the 1980s when Liverpool were winning everything, neutrals were desperate to see them knocked off their perch, but fast-forward to 2014 and every football fan who doesn't follow either Manchester United or Everton must secretly appreciate Rodgers' great entertainers.

2. TONY PULIS

Before this season, Crystal Palace had spent four campaigns in the EPL and had been relegated on every occasion.

By the end of November, the Eagles were in an all-too-familiar position at the foot of the table, but the appointment of Tony Pulis changed everything.

A dozen victories, including five in a row from the end of March, propelled Palace towards the sanctuary of mid table.

Defensively they've been much improved, as you would expect from a side managed by the Welsh disciplinarian, but offensively the likes of Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie have been allowed to express themselves freely, proving that Pulis isn't completely rigid in his approach to the game.

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