Brendan Rodgers’ position at Liverpool is safe, according to reports, with the club’s owners happy to wait for results to improve.
Fenway Sports Group won’t sack Brendan Rodgers, despite a poor start to the season for the Liverpool manager.
That is according to the Express‘ Paul Joyce, who claims the owners “anticipated a slow start” to 2015/16 after a significant overhaul of Rodgers’ squad.
After a deflating 3-1 loss away to top-four rivals Manchester United on Saturday, Liverpool have conceded six goals in their opening five games of the season, scoring just three, with a worrying lack of chemistry between centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren underpinning Rodgers’ strife.
“While Rodgers will wonder what difference buying Ashley Williams and Ryan Bertand may have made to his defence, and therefore his reign, Fenway Sports Group will be flicking onto a different page,” Joyce wrote after the Old Trafford loss.
“They anticipated a slow start to the campaign, given another summer of ins and outs, and are not minded to sack Rodgers five games into a new season.
“After all, they sanctioned £78 million worth of signings this summer when backing the manager, overlooking the likes of Jurgen Klopp.
“But they will be asking themselves why a lavishly assembled squad appears so ill-equipped to perform the basics adequately.”
Joyce concluded: “Rodgers must try something new.”
While Joyce suggests that Rodgers’ position is not under threat five games into the season, it is clear that if results continue to go against him FSG may reconsider their stance.
However, after backing the 42-year-old with the big-money signings of Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne, among others, John W. Henry and Tom Werner are unlikely to part ways with him at this juncture.
It is more likely that Rodgers will be given at least until Christmas to prove he can right the ship.
Whether he deserves it or not, after last season’s sixth-placed Premier League finish in 2014/15 and a failure to address major concerns within his squad this season, is another matter entirely.