Liverpool are sitting 10th in the league with just 21 points from 16 games in the premier league. Watching a team which came so close to winning their first ever premier league title last time around, currently sitting at mid table, has taken everyone by surprise. Fingers have been pointed at manager Brendan Rodgers for the teams poor performances this season. So let us look at the three mistakes made by Rodgers which is the catalyst for the teams current poor form.
When Luis Suarez departed the club in the summer, Liverpool to their credit invested all the money in the transfer window. Despite watching their main talisman leave, fans of Liverpool enjoyed a great summer window, as Liverpool bought eight players for an approximate 117 million.
The Merseyside outfit instead of buying established players, bought too many squad players to strengthen the overall squad. But, Liverpool going for quantity over quality has cost the team to match the big guns.
After qualifying for Europe in four years, Rodgers believed that they need more players to cope with the additional matches of Champions League. But the summer overhaul of player, unsettled the squad in many ways.
Most of the signings like Lovren, Markovic, Lambert and Moreno failed to click for Liverpool, which bought further pressure on Rodgers. And for what may have been the final nail in the coffin, the club bought Balotelli to replace Suarez. If selling Suarez was a mistake then replacing him with Balotelli was a bigger mistake as the Italian is yet to open his premier league goal tally.
Rodger’s failure to capture ambitious targets like Sanchez, Cavani and Falcao in the summer is costing the club now.
Unable to identify the best eleven
As Brendan wanted, Liverpool have many players at their disposal now compared to the thin squad which they had last season. However, this has presented the manager with a new headache as Rodgers is unable to identify his best eleven.
Liverpool virtually have two players in every position in the squad. But, Rodgers is unable to identify the best player for the position. Especially in defence, he has got to pick the two central defenders from a bunch of Skrtel, Toure, Sakho and Lovren.
Similar problem exists in other positions like the right back where Rodgers is unable to chose between the promising youngster Manquillo and the out of form Glen Johnson.
The attack is a bigger worry for the British manager. Despite Sturridge being injured, Rodgers still has Balotelli, Lambert and Borini at his disposal. Between them only one goal has been scored in the league. So no wonder Rodgers is scratching the head to identify his best attacking pair.
If Liverpool are to find the same level of consistency which helped them finish second in the league last campaign, then Rodgers has got to identify his best eleven soon.
Making a decision on his goal keeper
Mignolet has become a scapegoat for Liverpool this season. He has become an easy target for the critics to the point the finger for his teams poor performances.
The Belgian goal keeper is been struggling to break into his national team due to the impressive displays from Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtouis. However, with Mignolet struggling for form now, he may even struggle to find a place in Liverpool’s starting lineup.
After making constant mistakes at the back, many were calling for his head. Despite it, Rodgers stuck with his man. After Liverpool were knocked out in the group stage of the Champions League and with Mignolet’s performance going from bad to worse, the British manager lost his patience and benched Mignolet at Old Trafford.
Also Rodgers later confirmed that Mignolet was dropped for an ‘Indefinite’ period. Not many though would question Brendan’s decision. Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher believes the decision was right to drop him.
According to Espn, Carragher said: “There’s panic in the Liverpool defence and that’s one of the reasons why Simon Mingolet has come out of the team as he was creating that panic.”
With Liverpool selling their experienced keeper Pepe Reina in the summer, Rodgers was left with no alternative but, to replace Mignolet with Brad Jones in the starting lineup to face Manchester United. Now the call is on Rodgers to either stick with the existing crop of goal keepers or to buy another in January to get the problem with his goal keeper sorted out.
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