Ranking every Liverpool manager since Bill Shankly, as Rodgers prepares for make or break season

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Next Wednesday will mark three years to the day since Brendan Rodgers took over as Liverpool manager.

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Opinion seems to be fairly well split on his performance thus far. Despite guiding us to two cup semi-finals and our best Premier League season in the modern era, he’s sadly doesn’t have any silverware to show for his exploits.

So, after the disappointing end to our previous campaign, as well as his vast amount of transfer activity over the last two summers, you get the sense that it’s now or never for the Northern Irishman – history tells us that he won’t be permitted to have a fourth trophyless year in charge.

This time last year, we were also commemorating 40 years since Bill Shankly – the greatest manager to ever live – retired from football. You could be forgiven for think that, ever since his departure, we’ve been seeking out the perfect successor. Several iconic figures came close, but no one has ever been able to surpass his achievements.

As Rodgers frets over the amount of time he might have left on Merseyside, we rank his progress thus far in comparison with the other managers that have come and gone over the last four decades.

9) Roy Hodgson (2010-11, no trophies)

The current England boss endured a disastrous spell in charge of the Reds. He won just 13 of his 31 games in charge, giving him the lowest win percentage of any permanent Liverpool manager since Don Welsh in the 1950s. Still, who could forget his great signings, such as Poulsen, Cole and Konchesky – all of them legendary figures…

8) Graeme Souness (1991-94, one trophy)

Not every great player becomes a great manager. After a wonderful spell with the Reds as a player, Souness oversaw some of the most forgettable years in Liverpool history. On the plus side, we did manage to lift the FA Cup in 1992, while he was also responsible for bringing through the likes of Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

7) Brendan Rodgers (2012-present, no trophies)

It’s been a hell of a ride for us fans under Rodgers. The less said about his first season in charge the better, but the dramatic improvements from the start of the second season onwards were incredible to behold. Unfortunately, his last year in charge of the Reds has seen us return somewhat to square one. It’s hard to know what’s coming next.

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