There have been murmurs coming from some Liverpool fans that Brendan Rodgers time at the club should come to an end and the Kop hierarchy should look to pursue the popular and charismatic figure of Jurgen Klopp. The man who masterminded two back to back Bundesliga titles and also took Borussia Dortmund to the champions league final. He has pedigree and will bring entertaining football to merseyside but is it unfair to speculate over Rodgers tenure even though Liverpool are going through their worst trophy drought for over fifty years?
The facts will state that Rodgers has now had three seasons at the helm and a return of two semi final appearances and no trophies shows that enough progress has not been made however Liverpool are undoubtedly in a better position now then they were in in 2012. A majority of the players have improved under the tutelage of Rodgers. Jordan Henderson has gone from a 20 million pound flop to the next captain of Liverpool and arguably has been the most improved player during Rodgers’ reign. One man who can also argue over this title is Raheem Sterling whose progress has come on rapidly over the last 18 months. Remember Sterling came on to the scene the same time as Adnan Januzaj and has clearly reached a further level then his Belgian counterpart, so much so that he is being linked with a move away from Anfield in the region of 50 million pounds. Other players have also benefited under Rodgers’ leadership such as; Jordan Ibe, Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho who is showcasing the talent that the Liverpool manager had seen from a very young age.
One part of Rodgers’ tenure so far that can be seen as a certain failure is recruitment of personnel with well over 200 million pounds being spent during his time and not a lot of quality to show for it. The process of trying to find astute signings coupled with the scouting has not worked and this could prove to be a major factor that could come into play while deciding Rodgers’ future. After all the hierarchy at Liverpool may not feel comfortable opening up the chequebook again for someone who has so far got a poor track record with transfers. However the managerial game is a learning curve and Rodgers has surely realised that quality of players is now more important then quantity.
It should be remembered that only a year ago Liverpool were challenging for the league and the loss of Luis Suarez (who was directly involved in 43 league goals last season) and the signings of 9 new players would have made this a transitional season. It should also be remembered that Liverpool’s start to the season bordered on disastrous picking up 22 points in their opening 17 league games, a return which made champions league qualification a fading dream. Credit must be given to the remarkable turn around in form which has seen 15 games accumulate 35 points. A change in formation and tactics brought this revival showing that Rodgers has got the know how and should be given more time and funds to implement his changes. The recruitment will be key with experience and quality needed alongside the already talented young players at the club.
A managerial change is not necessary as the owners understand that Rodgers’ project is not a short term one nor is his position.
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