Rodgers is desperate to prove himself by winning his first trophy as Liverpool boss…
No matter how much success you enjoy, history remembers the winners, not the almost-winners. And after near misses in both the Premier League and the Capital One Cup, Brendan Rodgers is determined to pick up his first piece of silverware as Liverpool boss.
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Just two Wembley outings – Sunday’s semi-final against Aston Villa and a potential final against either Arsenal or Reading – separate the boss from that first taste of success, one that would hopefully get the critics off his back.
It’s been a difficult season for the Reds for many reasons but you can’t help but feel that all would be forgiven if our campaign ends in us eclipsing Manchester City for fourth before breaking our three-year trophy drought.
Rodgers knows all to well that history brings its own pressures. Liverpool have won the FA Cup seven times, with the last of those victories coming back in 2006, when Steven Gerrard near single-handedly won us the game.
With this year’s cup final potentially being our No. 8’s final game for the club, Rodgers knows that the competition bears significance for all sort of reasons.
He told our official website: “It’s a very long list of managers here that have been very successful in different eras and different times.
“Hopefully, I’ll be judged on my time here – however long that is – on that we’ve worked well and a part of that will be having won trophies.
“It’s one game at a time and we have to get over a very difficult game against Aston Villa before we can even think of that. The players are in good form and a good moment now. We’ll look forward to the game.
“To win a trophy here at Liverpool is something that’s very important – that’s why we’re here. No matter what era you’re in, you’ll always be judged here at Liverpool on trophies. We’ve made steps over the last couple of years and we want to continue making those by winning trophies.
“It is something we want to do for the supporters. It’s an incredible support we get here and we want to send them home happy having arrived in another final, hopefully.”