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Spiritual leader of 553 million sees light

Brendan Rodgers has learned the great truth, that it's not about him, it's about the talent.

Published 13/04/2014 | 02:30

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers

BRENDAN Rodgers recently mentioned that there are 553 million Liverpool fans in the world, which sounds about right to me.

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Certainly it puts today's match against Manchester City into perspective – to call this Super Sunday seems like the most ludicrous understatement of the magnitude of this event, in which approximately one in 13 people on the planet will be supporting the home team alone.

There was a time when most of us would have viewed Brendan's figure of 553 million as another of those disturbing indicators that his vision was not informed by the most rigorous hold on reality. But seeing as how he was talking after Liverpool had just beaten Spurs 4-0 to go top of the Barclays Premier League with seven matches to go, we were now living in a different time, in which none of that mattered.

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