The last time Brendan Rodgers faced Crystal Palace; he was taking Liverpool to their best placed finish in years and was in for a shout for the league title. The capitulation that followed during that game at Selhurst Park seems to played a much bigger role than just Liverpool losing out on the title to Manchester City.
The effects of the game can still be seem and this season without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool’s season is falling apart like a Jenga tower. Not only have the Reds lost 4 games in a row in the league for the first time since 2009, the year that Rafa Benitez got the sack. They have now lost the same number of games that they lost last season. Liverpool are in danger of getting knocked out from the UEFA Champions League group, unless the beat both Basel and Ludogorets. Their strike force of Borini, Lambert and Balotelli have scored just 1 goal in the league all season.
The players look out of sorts, the defence was never sorted and Rodgers’ new signings have not clicked one bit, be it Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic or Alberto Moreno, the season is a shambles and it is going to take a miracle to save the season.
Rodgers has come under pressure and recently, post the Crystal Palace loss said that he is responsible for the team since he is the manager. Fenway Sports Group still regards Rodgers as the manager for the long term project but with games running out and Liverpool in danger of missing out on Europe altogether, here are 5 replacements for Rodgers.
The current Napoli manager has always considered Liverpool to be the club for him, he was sacked at the end of the 2009 season but that was a different time under old owners, who weren’t the best for the club.
Rafa is still considered as one of the best tactical managers out there and knows English football really well; he was even interim Chelsea manager and led them to Europa League glory. He still has a house at Liverpool and is loved by most Liverpool supporters, him coming back and working with a squad lacking confidence might be good but making an emotional decision is not something that is needed at the moment, however he has been made the favourite to replace Rodgers.
If there is any manager going through the same feeling as Rodgers, it has to be Jurgen Klopp. The Borussia Dortmund manager has seen his side slip from being rivals to Bayern Munich and are now in the relegation playoff zone. His side however have had various injuries to star players and he has the backing of the supporters.
This week, he did come out with the comment that he would manage in England if he ever was to move away from Dortmund and that got the tabloids going, some even stating that Fenway Sports Group have narrowed him to be the replacement, should they sack Rodgers.
Young, energetic and an enigma, Klopp would be a fine choice to replace Rodgers, if that day comes.
3)Frank de Boer
A legend in Dutch football, Frank has played for the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers, amongst other clubs with his twin brother Ronald. Now the manager of his boyhood club Ajax, Frank has won 4 consecutive Eredivisie titles, the first manager to ever achieve that feat in Holland.
Frank is only 44 years old and again fits the FSG policy of getting young managers in, he was recently linked with the vacant Tottenham job which was eventually given to Mauricio Pochettino. Frank could still come to Liverpool after a lot of success for Ajax and he could be looking to test his skills in a more competitive league.
Probably a long shot in comparison to the other names here, Blanc, the former France and Bordeaux manager has been doing very well with Paris St. Germain. He won the league title with PSG but he won the league and cup double with Bordeaux in 2009.
He has the backing of the board at PSG and has a lot of money to spend at the club, he could be a great replacement for Rodgers but the Frenchman coming to Liverpool is a long shot, to say the least, although he is in the running.
Koeman is another Dutch legend who has shown that he is someone who can deal with the Premier League. His coaching record in Holland is not the worst, he has won titles with Ajax and PSV, and he even coached Feyenoord.
This season for Southampton, he has not only been able to propel the saints to second position in the league but he has done it with a squad devoid of most of the best players from last season. His team is playing some good football and all of his purchases have been brilliant and have clicked, the 51 year old has a 3 year contract at Southampton, Liverpool raided the saints last season, they might want to do it again.