While our season is not over, Brendan Rodgers has made no secret that preparations for the next campaign are high on his list of priorities. And he has suggested that the disappointment, after coming so close to the title last year, to possibly – and arguably probably – be finishing outside the Premier League’s top four will help him improve as a manager.
After a fantastic year last time out, Rodgers has had to deal with the loss of our best player, and the injury to his former strike partner. Unsurprisingly perhaps, performances have at times, suffered, and the results have reflected that. The situation culminated in a protest being staged in the skies above Anfield at the weekend, with the people behind the stunt asking for the Northern Irishman to be sacked.
According to the Liverpool Echo however, the former Swansea boss has accused some of his critics of not looking at what has been achieved during his three years in the dugout.
“Because of the club that Liverpool is, there will always be an expectancy because of the great history. But you always have to have a sense of perspective and the reality of where we are at,” he said.
“We are in fifth position, having got to two cup semi-finals in which we were disappointed not to have reached the finals in but, hopefully, we can use that and those disappointments to make us manage better in the future.
Rodgers is convinced that the difficulties this season will benefit the side in the long-term, and we remain on the right track to get the club back to where it needs to be.
“What we have seen here over the last couple of years is that we are definitely on the right path. This year it’s been pretty clear that it has been disappointing but I think the opportunity arises for us again next season,” he added.