The ghosts of Brendan Rodgers won't haunt Liverpool
While the footballing world was savoring the intriguing results from Super Sunday games, the news broke in that Liverpool have parted ways with Brendan Rodgers following a 1:1 draw at Goodison Park.
Don't be mistaken, Rodgers wasn't eased out based on the derby stalemate; it's never easy on derby days, but eight games into the season, with so much spent in the summer on recruits, it was only a matter of when with the kind of results that trickled in.
Flash Back to two seasons ago, the era of Suarez, Sterling and Sturridge, arguably the deadliest forward line in Europe that season. They bullied defenses with pace and trickery and they settled contests basically in the first half. Liverpool were tipped to be champions that season until the lapses of the manager was exposed with few games remaining.
Arsenal had collapsed to fourth after so long on top of the league, Chelsea were destined for third place but Manchester City were heaping pressure on Liverpool, with a game against Chelsea coming, the ideal thing to do was to be conservative against a team that was coming to defend, Rodgers opted against that and was beaten on the counter twice though with Gerrard's infamous slip not helping matters; that harrowing loss put them on same points with Manchester City with three games to play, Liverpool raced to a three goal lead at Crystal Palace, instead of protecting the lead when the Eagles surged back in the second half, Mr Rodgers threw in forwards to grind out more goals to nullify City's advantage on goal difference. Crystal Palace punished Liverpool by equalizing and gave a befitting burial to Liverpool's title dreams.
A lot of people expected Liverpool to bounce back the following season and pick up from where they left but they only plunged further down, the sale of Suarez exposed Rodgers and Sturridge spent more time in the clinic than on the pitch to limit the Welshman's options to the strange recruit Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini. Talking about Balotelli, what sort of manager buys such player? He had a chance to sign Loic Remy, he came up with a failed medical story when he heard Balotelli was available, the lone goal the Italian scored in the league served Rodgers right.
Brendan Rodgers wasted so much money on players he doesn't need, his preference for English players falls in line with the Liverpool tradition but how far can you go with average players that survive on bloated media hype? Tactically, Rodgers is deficient, when he's losing he hardly wins on a comeback, his substitutions are always faulty and his defense mechanism is comical. The way he brags about character each time he manages to win a game leaves him deluded oftentimes as you wonder what character means when he eventually muscles his way into Europa spots when the target was the champions league.
It's perfect time for whoever comes in as the international break beckons, that affords the new manager a week at least to ruminate over issues and players. It's not an enviable squad to inherit in all honesty but some individual brilliance and energetic hardworking bunch can inspire results. The new manager must be careful at the next window and play down promises as things change way too quickly in English football.
Rodgers is gone it's time to forge ahead. Klopp has been contacted, if he signs he'll be a great option, Ancellotti looks unrealistic and Dick Advocaat might be a bit short in class after having just resigned from Sunderland who have failed to register a win this season. Frank and Roland De Boer are good options too, but whoever will take the reigns at Liverpool will be inheriting a bunch of average players with little individual history and uncertain futures in a club with massive history.