Three reasons Liverpool should sack Brendan Rodgers
Three reasons why Liverpool should sack Brendan Rodgers after a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday
1) They don’t seem capable of scoring goals
A lack of goals is a rather big issue at Anfield right now. Daniel Sturridge seems to be permanently injured, and while it would be a little harsh to blame that on Brendan Rodgers, it is fair apportion blame him for the fact that Liverpool have scored just three times in five games. One of those three goals was also offside but shouldn’t have counted. Despite being the beneficiaries of some rather generous refereeing decisions so far this year – Aaron Ramsey’s onside goal against them being chalked-off at The Emirates – Liverpool are eight points off the pace and have a goal difference of minus three. Roberto Firmino, who cost £29m from Hoffenheim, has yet to open his account and his performance against Manchester United on Saturday was so lacklustre the Liverpool fans rated him the worst player on the pitch. Yes Christian Benteke scored a wonderful overhead kick but Liverpool have somehow managed to regress from the incisive, free-flowing team that we saw in 2013/14 to a stuttering, inconsistent collection of individuals. Liverpool need Sturridge back imminently if they are to get the goals flowing again, but it remains to be seen if Rodgers is capable of getting his team back on track after their mediocre showing last campaign. The Northern Irishman is rapidly running out of excuses.
2) He has wasted the Suarez money
Having spent almost £250m since taking over the reins at Anfield, Rodgers’ signings have been very much hit and miss. The £20m that Rodgers paid Southampton for Dejan Lovren, and his insistence on playing the Croatian defender while his confidence is clearly shot to pieces after his howler against West Ham, could play a big part in his downfall. Mario Balotelli was a massive risk at £16m. Rodgers gambled and it bit him on the backside as ‘not-so-super’ Mario sulked his way through last season, registering a solitary Premier League goal. On the other hand, Philippe Coutinho looks a bargain at £8.5m as does Sturridge at £12m, but for every success, there has been at least two expensive failures. Adam Lallana has looked inconsistent at best since his £25million switch from the Saints, and £17m Mamadou Sakho looks too erratic to hold down a place ahead of Lovren, which does not bode well for his future at the club. How much longer can the Fenway Group keep faith in a manager who replaces world-class players with mediocre signings? Is Lazar Markovic ever going to realise his potential under Rodgers? Will Danny Ings fill the Luis Suarez shaped void? It is all starting to seem rather unlikely.
3) Klopp is available
Although it would be highly unlikely that Liverpool would sack Rodgers at this stage of the season, another finish outside the Champions League places at the end of the campaign might be the final straw. Of the viable replacements, one man stands out from the crowd and that man is Jurgen Klopp. Former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann claims Klopp would be a ‘perfect fit’ at Liverpool and it’s hard to disagree. The 48-year-old German has been linked with Liverpool among other clubs, such as Arsenal, since leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season and is currently the bookmakers’s favourite to be the next Anfield boss. Klopp has spoken of his desire to manage a club which he sees as a ‘project’ rather than a top club with limitless funds. This could rule out a move to Bayern Munich next season and perhaps he sees Liverpool as the sleeping giant which could fit the bill. Klopp’s style and footballing philosophy would be in harmony with how Liverpool supporters want their team to play.