Brendan Rodgers is under no illusions that his head is now firmly on the chopping block after Liverpool lost 6-1 to Stoke on the final day of the Premier League season.
While very little was riding on the game, the nature of the result – we were 5-0 down by half-time – has got many fans calling for the Northern Irishman to be sacked. The Telegraph report that Rodgers admitted that if the club’s hierarchy question whether he is the right man to lead the side forward, he is willing to move aside. However, he also revealed that he felt that he is still the correct person for the job.
“It was embarrassing, and if the owners want me to go, I’ll go. But I still feel like I have a lot to offer here. However I take full responsibility for today as manager, we have to go away and fix this,” he explained.
Although our place in the Europa League was practically assured going into the clash at the Britannia Stadium, there was major disappointment that Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool career ended in such abject fashion. Rodgers tried to explain the reasons behind our heaviest loss in the Premier League.
“We made too many mistakes defensively and individually. We were beaten too easily and were not competitive enough. We were very, very poor in that first half,” he added.
The defeat brings to an end a tough season, one that will probably not be looked upon too fondly by us in the future. The manager suggested that today’s result highlighted our deficiencies, but believes that we will improve next year.
“It was always going to be a big job in the summer and today’s result would certainly ratify that. We understand the job ahead and we will be much better than today going forward,” Rodgers said.
We have shown glimpses of real quality this season, and are more than capable of replicating it on a regular basis. Next season is sure to be better, and with or without Rodgers, we will look to regain our rightful place in the Champions League.