Rumors and questions circulate the English footballing community around Brendan Rodgers’ job security following his Liverpool side’s defeat in the FA Cup this Sunday against Aston Villa. Though the loss was certainly a further slip in the Reds’ form since going on a scintillating run during the third quarter of the season, to suggest that Rodgers will be next on the chopping block appears to be going too far. Yes, it is true that Rodgers will be the first Liverpool manager to lack any silverware after being at the club for three years since the late 1950s. But consider the job he was enlisted to do. Liverpool were serious title contenders last season, only missing out due to choking during the home stretch of the season. They then sold their top striker in Suarez, and looked to rebuild the team all over the pitch as opposed to directly replacing Suarez. The LA Times even report that given that striker Daniel Sturridge has himself been injured for the majority of the season, adapting to the lack of a lethal goal scorer has been taxing at times.
Yet Rodgers has adapted well, getting some truly top notch performances out of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, which assisted to Liverpool’s impressive run of form earlier in the season. Though this season will end trophy-less, cutting Rodgers’ work short now might be to starve Liverpool of the spark and stability that it truly needs.