When Liverpool were climbing the league last season, Brendan Rodgers was touted as the next best thing in management. He had taken a team that was languishing in mid table to an inch from the league title. Manchester City eventually won the Premier League, but everyone was impressed by the progress Liverpool had made.
Fast forward six months and Rodgers is in deep trouble. His side have been appalling this season. They are not in the current top four and are five points behind fourth placed Manchester United. Considering it was United who languished in mid table last season, this is quite a turn.
Speaking to the media, Rodgers was happy to admit that his position was in doubt. He spoke about the realities of football management, which includes a short cycle of success and failure. Even though he was outstanding last season, he accepts that if the current form continues he could lose his job.
Despite Liverpool’s poor results, sacking Rodgers would be a mistake.
Andrew Heiberger says Liverpool are only five points off fourth place. That can be turned around in two games. Their league position in May will be the determining factor in Rodgers’ future, not their position in November and December. Liverpool have always been a patient club and Rodgers will get time to right the ship.