Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers – On the Brink of Embarrassment
One of the most if not the most successful teams in England, Liverpool have not been a great force in the domestic circle leave alone Europe over the past few years. The last trophy they won was the Capital One Cup in the 2011-12 season. They are no more the force they used be a decade or two ago and are fighting to stay alive in Europe.
The present manager Brendan Rodgers took charge of a Liverpool side that was not faring well in the 2012 season and has since failed to inspire the fans barring the 2013-14 season. Rodgers has not lifted a trophy as a Liverpool manager in more than two and a half season in charge and is badly in need of inspiration as the fans on the Merseyside are slowly getting restless.
Rodgers had the team playing one of the best football on the planet with Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling up front in the 2013-14 season in which they came close to lifting the Premier League as they finished second behind the Citizens. Gerrard had a huge role to play in that season as he often dictated the game lying deep in his half.
Skip a season and the manger has only one player out of the 4 who bought that success to the club. Club Legend Steven Gerrard left to settle in the US and is now a part of the MLS. Suarez moved to Barcelona before the last season as an offer from the Catalan giants was too good to refuse. Sterling made a big money move to Manchester City and Sturridge has started just 10 games since that season.
But Rodgers has spent loads of money in the two transfer markets after the season but has not been able to replicate the performances from that famous 2013-14 season.
Known as a fluid manager that likes his team to be dynamic and versatile, Rodgers has often found ways to tinker with the team and played players out of positions to try and get the result but a 6th place finish last season and two semi final defeats is all he could provide to the club. He has long lost the charisma that delivered the performance that gave him this job and is now in his own words trying to find his identity.
At the start of the new season, Rodgers had the odds in his favor to be the first manager to be fired in the EPL. He has not done much in this season to refute those claims as his team have only been able to get 8 points from the first 6 games. The ex-Swansea Manager needs to understand what is wrong with his team and will need some results quickly if he wants to stay in the hot seat.
However, this will be an uphill task for the Northern Irishman as Liverpool will face Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea on their next three travels. Though it may not be right not to stick with Rodgers for longer, the fans have started to raise their voice against the manager and FSG, the owners of the club, who have given him another season at the club will surely be thinking about other alternatives.
The future of Rodgers may be decided even before those games when the club welcomes Carlile United for a League Cup game in the mid week. If Liverpool fail to win this game and are eliminated, it is hard to see the owners pin their faith on the 42 year old manager for any longer.
A Club like Liverpool have always been at the top end of the competitions competing for trophies but the Rodgers era has not seen that happen on a regualr basis. The pressure is always mounting on the manager whose last days at the club may be nearer than he thinks especially with the likes of Jurgen Klopp available for taking up the job.
Leave your take on the issue whether Rodgers deserves to be sacked or deserves another full season as the Liverpool manager.
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