Will Brendan Rodgers still be LFC manager at the end of the season?
It’s fair to say that Brendan Rodgers has not been granted the sort of honeymoon period afforded to his predecessor. Before beginning his tenure as Liverpool manager, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect from Rodgers – neat, passing football, and a similar system to that employed at Swansea. That is exactly what he has delivered, and certainly the Liverpool midfield looks improved from last season.
It’s easy to focus on results, which have been disappointing, but leaving aside the opening day of the season, home games against Manchester City and Arsenal could have delivered few points for any Liverpool side in any season. It’s easy to forget that had it not been for some rather dismal individual errors, the Reds would have beaten last year’s champions, which surely would have been cause for some optimism. In fact Liverpool’s season will be defined by their ability to put the likes of Norwich to the sword, particularly at Anfield, something that Dalglish’s Liverpool manifestly failed to do.
Of course the activity, or lack thereof, in the transfer window has not reflected well on Rodgers, but it seems highly unlikely that this was his choice. Whether he lasts until next season will be dependent upon how realistic Fenway Sports Group’s expectations are. If they’re seriously expecting Champions League football, he will be gone. If a moderate improvement from last year’s league performance is acceptable, then I believe he will still be in charge come the start of next season.