I have to admit back in May 2012 I was sat by my TV watching Sky Sports News when the following breaking news headline came through, Brendan Rodgers named Reds boss. But surely we can do better than a man who was sacked as Reading manager and who left Watford after only 192 days in charge? Can we not have Ancelotti, Simeone or Blanc? Maybe I was being too unrealistic.
After coming 7th in his first season it seemed he was liked by the Liverpool fans, he had improved the team from January onwards with two new players, Daniel Sturridge who is now a massive fans favourite and young Phillipe Coutinho who has the potential to do great things. These two are arguably the best signings from Rodgers.
In the second season after missing Suarez from the start of the season Sturridge took the headlines from the begging. Could this be the one time when it was our season for once? Rodgers started Liverpool playing a 5-3-2 as he tried to incorporate Sahko into the team which worked but he could also change it up to a 4-3-3 around mid-season. Everyone was raving about this Liverpool team, how they were rapid on a counter attack, how Rodgers was a tactical genius and how this was a special team. Rodgers had seemed to get the best formation and the best out of all his players when using the 4-1-2-1-2. The front 3 of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling was so quick it was hard for other teams to deal with it.
Sadly as we all know Liverpool dropped short and went on to sell Suarez. We are now coming up to the Christmas period and Liverpool sit 10th in the league. The signings that the club were not good enough for a team who are looking to fight for the league and progress through the Champions League group stage, which did not happen. One of the reasons Rodgers is having according to the press is not knowing what to do with club legend and captain Steven Gerrard. I believe he has done the right thing, Gerrard is struggling this season because his passing is one of his best asset, but he cannot exploit this because in the past he has movement from Sturridge, Suarez, Torres, Owen and Fowler. This season Balotelli isn't making runs for him and Lambert isn't as mobile.
I would not sack Rodgers, if you look at the team we have and the ability they have, they will never be able to fight for the top 4 any other manager isn’t going to make them into that. Another thing you have to look at is who would you bring in to replace him, they are not any top class managers who would look at Liverpool and would leave their job to come and manage these players and this team, which doesn't have Champions League football. If Liverpool stick with Brendan Rodgers then he should buy a striker in January so we can try and outscore teams again as the defence looks beyond help right now. Some of his squad decisions have been unusual but it shows he is trying a lot to try and fix these problems, hopefully Liverpool will look like a better team when Sturridge is back and fit. Maybe getting a defensive coach would help and buying a centre back, it shows with Arsenal when they appointed Steve Bold as their assistant manager they had a row of consecutive clean sheets when he was employed.
I might just be one of the few Liverpool fans that is left that supports Rodgers, he has show the potential to be a very good manager and he is still young for a manager at only 41. He is a manager who plays attacking football, gives youth a chance and always thinks positive when he manages. These are all assets that a Liverpool manager needs.
Thank you for reading.
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