After the miserable defeat to Man United on Saturday extended Liverpool’s poor form to seven defeats in their last 14 league games, we asked whether Brendan Rodgers should be sacked by Liverpool.
Over 33,000 votes have been cast so far, with – at the time of writing – 90 percent saying Liverpool should sack Rodgers.
The Liverpool boss was backed in the summer by FSG following what was reported to be a “comprehensive review” and he oversaw the changes within his backroom staff this summer as well as big name signings like Christian Benteke – who was reportedly his No. 1 target.
Reports on Monday suggested that club owners FSG had “anticipated a slow start” to the season, therefore they won’t be sacking Rodgers soon.
To sack Rodgers after a handful of games, having given him their back in the summer, looks unlikely.
The owners have created a difficult situation by keeping Rodgers in charge rather than dismissing him in the summer when the opportunity was there for a clean break.
Rodgers has received criticism from former Liverpool players Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and John Aldridge in the media this week.
The problems are aplenty; from the continued bizarre selection of Dejan Lovren over Mamadou Sakho, the use of 4-3-3 when it’s more like 4-5-1, the use of Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino more like wing-backs at Old Trafford, the failure to give Christian Benteke a strike partner, the lack of goals for (only three scored in five games), plus the continued poor defensive record (six conceded in the last two games).
Liverpool face Bordeaux next in the Europa League. Rodgers has always struggled with European football as Liverpool boss, winning just six of the 16 games he’s overseen in Europa League and Champions League (excluding qualifiers).
Indeed, Rodgers has more often bemoaned European football, claiming it affects the amount of coaching time he has with players.
After the trip to Bordeaux, Norwich City arrive at Anfield, then Carlisle United in the league cup, then Aston Villa, then FC Sion (four home games in a row). Rodgers couldn’t ask for much more of an opportunity to get the club back to winning ways.
The next away league game is at Goodison Park on October 4th. Perhaps after that we’ll see whether Rodgers can hold onto his job, just before another international break.