Brendan Rodgers – Lost In Action

What on earth has happened To Liverpool Football Club & more directly to their supporters, once a group of people found at the highest echelons of inspired unaffected support to those less deserving, whilst also treating like Gods those with feet of clay; elite fans, knowledgeable, fair and patient. Seemingly their fairness & patience has been tested these last few weeks.

The modern football memory has become shorter & shorter, less able to find that fleeting moment (A football season) when all seemed well, but why should it, scouse humour ( Indian, South Africa, & our American friends also included) replaced by outrage & antagonism toward Brendan Rodgers, at every juncture the twisted bile & downright hatred, hostility thrown toward the manager has been unacceptable for a club of the stature of Liverpool, for fans of the great institution that remains by its fingertips.

Liverpool fans & the club have become a focus of ridicule, how they never walk alone through those bloody horrific storms, constantly reminding anyone who won’t listen about ancient times, halcyon days gone by when they plundered these shores before moving on to conquer that Europe place & finally the WORLD. We have become as close to parody of ourselves as possible.

We cannot hold Rodgers accountable for 26 years of mainly under-achievement given what glory preceded them, reality somewhat dictates where the club now finds itself. I remember when the Kop would sing “Attack, Attack, Attack,” now we use it to exploit the weakness amongst our own, this season particularly it would seem our illness our schizoid approach to the world outside has made us unrelenting toward Rodgers.

Hands Up - I Surrender

Hands Up – I Surrender

The “Rodgers Out” brigade (at the point of writing, he is in) who repetitively & persistently over his 3 years at the club have shouted & screamed their betrayal, unfaithful from day one, they now sit lauding over how right they were, what do they require to appease? Sacking? Hanging? Public flogging?

Brendan Rodgers has made mistakes, some glaring blatantly obvious mistakes, & deserves criticism, being held accountable, however, he does not deserve the total character (no pun intended) assassination that has arrived via some quarters of the media & those that pertain to have this club at heart. It’s apparent that some enjoyment is being gained from the teams disastrous season & the personal failure of the manager to put things right, those same people who would eulogise about Rodgers less than a year ago, pedalling his greatness have done a 360 in spectacular fashion, as social media pops the noose around our managers neck to aid & abet his hurried departure.

We have been here before; Deja vu – I for one hope the owners have the courage of their convictions to stick with Rodgers on the basis that perhaps he gets some sort of help, no rocket science required but perhaps a defensive coach of sorts & that old chestnut; more money.

Dispense with the services of those that could not care less about the club, supporters or manager & use that financial gain wisely with those proven in this type of environment, a club of this statue, players who can perform on this stage. Southampton, Swansea and the like need not apply, this type of player has gotten off very lightly this season whilst the man picking them has not. What has happened to our passing & pressing game? All but non-existent.

For a side built on pace, we lack it in defence & also the midfield where it is prevalent in the Premier League, as for strikers…..well I guess we just stick with what we have. It does worry me that the strikers we are being linked with are very similar to those we are allegedly showing the door.

One thing that will not help is heaping deluded pressure of the manager or players, we are at a specific level that we need to accept, we have had darker days, found ourselves in far worse league positions. In 6 previous seasons other than last year we have found our level to be top 6, until we find a manager we are prepared to stick with perhaps we will remain at that level.

Careful what you wish for.

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3 responses to “Brendan Rodgers – Lost In Action

  1. Hi Chris,

    Whilst I can sympathise with your view, there are fundamental issues in the team/squad that Rodgers has failed to deal with. The complete disaster of the mis-spending of the Suarez money was, in most cases, predictable. I can forgive him for Lambert, because that deal was done before the World Cup and the whole Suarez episode. I can even forgive him for Lovren, who looked like the man we needed to shore up the defence.

    What I can’t forgive him for is bringing in Manqullo and selling Kelly. For his endless pursuit of Moreno, not seen as good enough for any of the Top 6 in Spain. I can’t forgive him for spending £20 million on Markovic, who isn’t as good as Jordan Ibe. I can’t forgive him for Joe Allen or Fabio Borini. And finally, there is Balotelli. Was he ever going to fit into a Liverpool style of high-tempo and pressing. I’d rather have a dustbin up front, because at least a dustbin wouldn’t get caught offside quite as much.

    How many times this season has the half-time team talk been “Well, that didn’t work then !!”? The FA Cup semi-final was a shambles. He changed the shape of the team three times in the first half……against Aston Villa, for goodness sake. We expect to roll teams like Aston Villa over.

    And then, there’s yesterday. It’s all very well that the season is over, but seriously, 5-0 down to Stoke. That isn’t just embarrassing, it’s disgraceful.

    A week ago, I’d pretty much thought along the same lines as you, but yesterday tipped me over the edge. Rodgers has to take the can for the players’ complete lack of motivation going into that game. With Klopp waiting in the wings, he has to go.

    • Listen I understand the position if people want the manager out & the reasons when they are put in an argument that is not filled with total hate & nonsensical – But you are correct about the mistakes, I just want us to have given him a good shot at it(The 5 year plan) I know I am in the minority, I am not blinded by his brilliance, in fact I think he is an average manager right now, but has the potential if he gets it right like last seasons run.

  2. I think our disagreement is that I don’t think he does have the potential. Last year, it has transpired, was a Suarez-fuelled anomaly. He inherited Suarez. Left to his own devices with £100 million to spend, the team has gone backwards. There won’t be £100 million this time, so let’s give it to someone with better judgement.

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