Much criticized Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers will remain the club’s manager for the upcoming season. Rogers met yesterday with club chairman Tom Werner, and emerged the Reds’ man still, after what appears to have been a very positive meeting. Though Rogers is to keep his job, he and Werner both acknowledged that changes and improvements must be made. Liverpool finished the season in fifth place, missing out on Champions League play, and slipping far in terms of table finish and performance compared to the season before, during which they finished in second place. Rogers is the first Liverpool manager in some time to have gone three seasons without winning any major silverware.
While Rogers can definitely be blamed for many of Liverpool’s shortcomings this past season, he also was given a squad that was less prepared to seriously challenge for the top four, not to even mention the title. Losing both strikers from the season before, Suarez having left for Barcelona and Sturridge being out the majority of the season through injury, Liverpool’s void in front of goal was difficult to close. Add to that inconsistent defensive performances and being tactically out maneuvered later in the season, and this campaign proves why it has been a frustrating one for Rogers and Liverpool fans alike. More is expected of the North Irishman, and while expected to deliver, Russian entrepreneur Alexei Beltyukov indicates that Rogers will not be given a second chance.