Owing to the mass hysteria surrounding Steven Gerrard’s exit from Liverpool FC , Brendan Rodgers found himself off the spotlight, despite an utterly disappointing campaign, until the reds managed to turn in back-to-back woeful performances against Crystal palace and Stoke- who incidentally inflicted the reds heaviest defeat since Jimmy Greaves inspired Tottenham beat them 7-2 way back in 1963.
Liverpool fans who were so buoyant at the beginning of the season are now happy to see the back of it after a string of unimpressive performances by players who just didn’t look motivated enough, injuries to key players didn’t help either and the long drawn out transfer saga of Raheem Sterling which just doesn’t seem like ending.
Rodgers might not be solely responsible for all of this, but he is the manager and must be ready to shoulder the blame.
The decision to sign Balotelli over Wilfred Bony when he had the option to sign the Ivorian, the insistence on playing Gerrard in the deep playmaker role when it was clear that Gerrard neither has the positional sense , nor the instincts required to play in such a position and the public mouthing off of Sterling for his refusal to sign a new deal are some of the mistakes, in hindsight, he would have loved not to commit.
His other transfers have hardly set the world alight, with Lovren having a nightmare season, Lalanna getting in and out of the team blighted by injuries , Lambert overlooked in favour of Sterling operating as a lone striker at times and Markovic looking completely lost in a new country and environment.
Rodgers knows that his future is uncertain and that is the reason why his tone in the space of a few days has changed from being confident about staying at Liverpool next season to a man whose position at the club is hanging in the balance.
He said, “I have always said if the owners want me to go I will go. But I still feel I have a lot of offer here. There is a lot that’s happened there this year that has made the job tough. Performances like today don’t help me and I’m fully aware of that.
“We made too many mistakes defensively and individually. We were beaten too easily and were not competitive enough. We were very, very poor in that first half.
“It was always going to be a big job in the summer and today’s result would certainly ratify that. We understand the job ahead and we will be much better than today going forward.
“We have got to be much better than we have been for the last six or eight weeks. We will work tirelessly to look to put on a better show next season.”
Liverpool owners Fenway sports group are astute businessmen and they know what it takes to turn around the fortunes of great sporting institutions having seen the rise of baseball franchise Boston Red sox from the verge of obscurity to the previous height’s they had once scaled.
But, Liverpool football club is a different proposition and the owners are clever enough to understand that. They know that their time has come to act, which doesn’t necessarily have to culminate in Rodgers sacking , but they have to do everything they can to arrest the slide this glorious football club finds it in.
Notwithstanding the decision of the owners, Liverpool fans will hope that it is for the greater good of their football club.