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Where it’s gone wrong for Brendan Rodgers:

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There have also been the additions of Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid and Oussama Assaidi, a Moroccan winger brought from Heerenveen. Both represent exciting prospects but they have yet to have an opportunity to showcase their talent. Both are players I am looking forward to watching and I feel they will make a valuable contribution to the team over the course of the season.

Another bold move was throwing Raheem Sterling into the deep end with his start at Manchester City. Not only did he play well, but he did not look out of place against Kolo Toure who had the torrid task of having to negate his influence. He failed to do so, and I really do see a gem unearthed in Raheem. Should he remain injury-free, Liverpool will profit handsomely from his performances.

On the negative side of things, our performances have been mixed somewhat. Other than the performance against Manchester City, in which we twicethrew away a lead, there’s been nothing to suggest consistency will be the talking point of our season. At West Brom, Liverpool were sluggish and against Arsenal the club were brutally punished on the counter-attack.

The Europa League qualifying victory over Hearts was hardly enthralling either with Pepe Reina having a nightmare of a game that carried into the Arsenal game. This will certainly be a cause for concern considering the Liverpool stalwart has been a key performer for the Reds for a number of years but from last season onwards, even his form has slightly dithered below his usually excellent high standards.

The lack of reinforcement must also cause Brendan food for thought with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as the only recognised out and out strikers we have. To make matters worse, both do not look like thirty league goal a season players. An emergency striker, if one can be found on a free, must be a priority. Michael Owen was suggested but immediately brushed aside by owner John Henry who in an open letter said “we should not look to short-term fixes that require long-term solutions”.

With that idea nipped in the bud, Liverpool really do require some impetus to help get the season going. Should lady-luck decide to smile on Liverpool, there is no reason why the team can’t mount a challenge for a Champions League spot, as difficult as it is likely to be.

Winning the Europa League, a domestic cup run and a decent challenge for the top four spot will represent a decent return on Rodgers’ first season. I assume anything less will not suffice for the clubs supporters. Hopefully as the team gets used to the new system, we can witness the revival the club so badly wants to see, however this will have to take time.

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10 comments

  • ding dong says:

    I cant understand why this has the headline where its gone wrong for brendan rogers as we are only four matches into the season if it was say 18 matches in then yes we could ask the question but to start jumping on the press bandwagon look for rogers head before he has been given enought time to shape the squad to his style.so please lets stop hearing about LFC being in decline every team goes through a sticky patch lets judge him at the end of the season and get behind him and the team.

    • Haider Ali says:

      No-one’s jumping on the bandwagon. Did I say he should be sacked? if you read it I said it would “be harsh to be calling for his head”. Secondly where did I mention Liverpool were in decline? I’m actually admonishing to be given time to implement his style, so read the article carefully before you make silly assertions. And a few games in, even you must agree it’snot gone well thus far.

  • RedRoy says:

    Top club needs a top manager, trouble is, top managers want cash, so for me Rodgers was probably the cheaper option, not that i have a problem with Rodgers (yet) but i do wish he’d put four in the middle and get the strikers closer together, unill we’re in a position to change things. In all fairness we did piss on City and were unlucky not to have won that match, but West Brom and Arsenal over ran our midfield and went on to deserved wins, i have my reservations as to where our next win will come from if we continue with our current formation. YNWA.

    • Haider Ali says:

      I agree with much of what your saying and I do see a win around the corner. We been handed a difficult opening fixture list so that adds to the hardship, but tweaking it a bit would have been ideal.

  • shane says:

    it hasnt gone wrong take your bullshit headline to the gutter.

    • Haider Ali says:

      So it’s gone right so far? A decent performance against Man City is all we have produced so far. We were awful against Arsenal, for sixty minutes against West Brom and against Hearts. SAo how about you be an honest fan and say we it has gone fairly wrong at the moment. But your just another one of these blind fans as I like to call.

  • Sleuth says:

    i sincerely think nothing has gone wrong. since FSG took over, no manager has been given enuff time to establish his team. Rodgers deserves the time to show his ability as much as any player on the field. the article doesn’t say fire him- its clear the team hasn’t had the best start, fixtures are funny-style and some players are still learning the new formation and tactics. i see no reason why he should play 4 in mid when they should practice the 4-3-3 and get used to it. its sad Skipper aint formed yet, Lucas out and Skrtel not so sharp, but we can go far, esp if he allows the front 3 to swap wings freely, playing Borini as the poacher in the centre, Suarez damaging from left-wing (much like how the play went for Borini’s 1st LFC goal). YNWA

    • Haider Ali says:

      I just don’t see Borini getting us 20-25 league goals a season. But it wouldn;t hurt to see him play through the middle. We got Sterling on the Left, I’d play Suarez on the right of the three so he can drift in like he used to plat at Ajax.

  • Sleuth says:

    and please stop swearing. it makes you sound like imbeciles who think using an offensive word will drive the story home and make us see your side of things- on the contrary!! be a real fan, not an e-hooligan

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