Should Liverpool get knocked out of the FA Cup, will Brendan Rodgers’ job be in danger?
Will Brendan Rodgers get sacked if Liverpool lose to Blackburn in the FA Cup this evening? We very much doubt it, despite the claims of radio broadcaster Jason Cundy, writing for the International Business Times.
“Has Rodgers lost the dressing room? Well I’d be surprised if that was the case, but it’ll be a very difficult dressing room to rouse if they lose to Blackburn this week. In fact, I really think Rodgers could be facing the sack if they go out at Ewood Park,” the former Chelsea player said…
Should two consecutive defeats against admittedly top sides lead to a discussion about a manager’s future? Probably not, but in this day and age it’s inevitable, sadly.
Liverpool fans have been debating the issue heavily, no more than across our social channels, so we thought it best to play devil’s advocate, and outline some of the arguments for and against the Ulsterman.
It’s simply not the Liverpool way.
As mentioned, discussion over Rodgers’ future has bred solely from two defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal – two sides with more highly paid, more experienced and more expensively recruited players. Before those defeats, Liverpool were one of the form sides in Europe, and hadn’t lost a Premier League fixture since mid-December. Is this not all just a knee-jerk reaction – an example of football fans at their most painfully fickle…?
A manager should be judged by his signings, goes the old saying, and whatever way you look at it – Rodgers’ transfer record doesn’t represent value for money.
He hit gold in Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, and Emre Can and Alberto Moreno look exciting recruits who should continually improve – but there’s been many totally unnecessary buys – for a cumulative fee that could have got one or two players of genuine class. For example – let’s add Iago Aspas (£7m), Tiago Ilori (£7m), Luis Alberto (£6m) and Dejan Lovren (£20m) (naming but a few…) together. That’s £40m undeniably wasted. Can we afford to let Rodgers and his mysterious transfer committee make the same mistakes again?