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Tick Tock On The Brendan Rodgers Clock

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It’s been quite a roller-coaster ride since Brendan Rodgers was appointed Liverpool manhsdhwehsy7ager, back in the, what I’m calling, the “Being: Liverpool days”. At the time, FSG (Fenway Sports Group) wanted stability and a long term plan, Brendan was the man to offer that. With a style of football that he’d achieved great things with at Swansea, the owners thought that he was the man for the job. Since his appointment, Liverpool have finished 7th, 2nd and 6th in the Premier League and have won no trophies but came painfully close in the 2013/14 season to winning the league (I can’t emphasise the word ‘painfully’ enough). Over £200 million spent on players of which only, Coutinho, Sturridge and Emre Can have really made an impression on the Kopites. To go with that, there’s been no silverware.

 

The “Rodgers Out” brigade began last season after some very disappointing results. I personally never turned my back on the Northern Irish man, even when the Redmen lost to teams like, Aston Villa, West Ham and not forgetting the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Stoke City. The temptation to join the “Rodgers Out” brigade grew slightly but I still kept faith. This season already though, has got me ever closer to joining. The enmity between some of the fans and Rodgers has become very unlike the Liverpool fans, thus showing the seriousness of the situation.

 

After what was an appalling display of ‘Character’ (Little Rodgers pun there) against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week, I felt more aggravated then I have in a long time as a Liverpool fan. A dire game in truth, and the Red Devils weren’t even to blame for it. Rodgers was negative from the start and going forward, I’ve never seen the Reds so lacklustre. It was going to be that kind of attack with Ings at left wing and no Coutinho in the squad due to his suspension. Carragher called it an “obsession with 4-3-3” when speaking about Rodgers. Why this formation was used is a mystery. The 4-3-3 was used in Rodgers’ most successful season as Liverpool manager in 2013/14. Yet the front three players that caused havoc with defences that season are no longer there (Except Sturridge who seems to have legs made of glass). The forwards that the club possess now are slower but stronger, less prolific but more of a poacher. A 4-3-3 simply doesn’t work unless you’ve got the pace and flair on the wings which Ings doesn’t. Firmino does as he proved at Hoffenheim but has struggled so far, still early days though.

 

Although you might not think it, Rodgers does have a few pros. He puts lots of faith in youngsters which is what a typical Liverpool manager should do. With only one local lad listed out of both squads in the Manchester United v Liverpool game last week, aka, Jordan Rossiter, he could help produce a talented group of local boys. He’s passionate for the club, you can see it when he’s been caught singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. He can make changes which lead to wins. Look at the run they had last season after he switched to a 5-3-2 until an abrupt end against Manchester United, which brings us onto the cons of Rodgers. He struggles in big games. When was the last time Rodgers won what was labelled as a “Must win game”? I remember the Chelsea game in 2014 in which Mourinho got his tactics spot on, albeit with the use of some very ugly tactics, however he still emerged victorious. Had Liverpool won that, it would have been out of the question that they would have gone on to win the league. FC Basel in the Champions League last year is another example, Liverpool could only manage a 1-1 draw where they desperately needed a win. Not forgetting Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final. Possibly up there in the top three worst performances under Brendan Rodgers.

 

So what’s the decision? FSG will be hovering over the Rodgers eject button and ready to lure Klopp to the Kop. The decision is likely to be made near Christmas. FSG should judge Rodgers by where the Redmen are around mid-December. If they’re well off top four and playing with the same naivety they’ve been playing with of late then it’s time up for the current Red’s boss. However, if they are in the top four at Christmas and playing some attractive football, with players like Coutinho, Lallana and Benteke bang in form then what then? In that case, FSG should give him until the end of the season and see what he achieves. A cup run would be nice too but at the moment, Rodgers’ future at the club is in significant doubt. The next few games could be the biggest in Brendan’s career. Good thing he’s got an easy run of games… Oh wait.

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