Brendan Rodgers admitted he would get sacked by Liverpool after a terrible start to the season and he was needed to make radical changes to the team to get the job done at the right time.
Before Christmas, Liverpool struggled with their fast paced football that they were used to in the previous season with Luis Suarez up front. But the Reds couldn’t find the success this season with the same philosophy by getting eliminated from Champions League at group stage and languishing at 12th place in premier league table.
Since Christmas we have seen a different Liverpool with Rodgers switching his side formation from 4-3-3 to 3-4-4 which can attack. The formation payed dividends for both Rodgers and Liverpool as they were able to pick up 27 points out of 33 points with them being the in-form team in Premier League.
The Liverpool manager said,”After that Palace game I felt that it doesn’t matter how much support you have, the team is not functioning and it could not go on really. But I certainly wasn’t going to roll over and die. I will always fight for my life. I love it here and I want to be successful here.
“I understood the situation. My experience at Reading told me that. That’s what I learned from my sacking there. I went in to Reading with the full backing of the chairman, who was great to me, and I got 20 games. Even though it was a three-year project and they wanted me there and I was the guy who knew the club more than anyone, I got the sack after 20 games. Funnily enough it had just started to pick up but they lost their patience.
“What I learned was it does not matter how much support you have in the boardroom, from the directors, the executives, you have to get results and you have to win.
“I needed to make decisions that would allow us to get back to somewhere near what we had been and the transformation of the team, with everyone talking about the system and how dynamic it is, has been good to see. I should have done it earlier!”
He added, “We had no identity and everyone could see it. We just weren’t the team I had built over a couple of years. It was not working and of course that can eat away at you.
“I knew I had to do something radical because I had seen enough of the players to know we were not going to shape up and work as we had done for the previous couple of years with what we had got.”
Since Christmas Liverpool won 8, drawn 3 and lost 1 in their 12 league games with Rodgers introducing 3-4-3 attacking system.
“I knew I needed to do something earlier than when I did do it,” he admitted. “We played the system away at Newvastle but I couldn’t really work on the system in training because we didn’t have the players available at the time. At Newcastle Raheem Sterling played as one of the wide players. So what did I get out of that game apart from a loss? I learned that Raheem probably won’t be able to play wide in what I was looking to do because he’s not in the game enough. He was on the side.
“I was looking at it then and used it in the cup games so I knew what I wanted to do earlier, but after Newcastle we had Real Madrid and I wasn’t going to go into a game of that magnitude with a system that I knew needed more work on.
“It was just about the timing and the timing was right for the Manchester United game. By that stage I was comfortable that we had the players to make it work.”