My adulation of Swansea’s Leon Britton last season—he of the pass completion percentage in excess of Xavi Hernandez’s—was in part in relation to his successful partnership with Joe Allen. The two formed a pivot in front of the back four, with Britton cycling the ball, and Allen generally breaking up opposition play.

Alistair Tweedale at by the way has already done a neat little piece on why Liverpool were after him. He was officially unveiled a few moments ago.

The question though is who will play the Britton role at Liverpool? Intriguingly, Rodgers might consider playing Steven Gerrard in a slightly deeply role and have the two link up. Or perhaps he could join Jay Spearing in the back line. In any case, having players experienced in the Rodgers’ Way will at least hopefully speed up the learning curve. A bit.