The famous “You’ll Never Walk Alone” chant bellows down from Liverpool Soccer fans before every match. But with the club struggling early in the season, Manager Brendan Rodgers may be walking alone right out of town if he doesn’t turn the club around after their slow start.
After six Premier League games, LFC has only two wins and sit 13th in the table. Both victories were of the 1-0 type, and were against Stoke and Bournemouth. The Stoke goal was an absolute strike (see below) from Coutinho in the waning minutes of the game, and the Bournemouth goal was actually a missed offside call. In total, the team has played eight games. They tied to Bordeaux 1-1 in UEFA Europa League Group stage play, and most recently squeaked out a win against Carlisle in PK’s. In total, Liverpool has only scored six goals in eight games. Not great I’d say, though Steven Kelly of ESPN had harsher things to say:
“In the club’s last 20 competitive matches, Liverpool have only scored more than one goal in three of them. They were all at home, against sides either relegated or nearly there. That simply isn’t good enough.”
On the flip side, they have allowed nine goals. For a team that went out and spent major cash that they received from selling Raheem Sterling, expectations to start the season were high, and are currently not even close to being met.
In the offseason, the acquisitions of Belgium superstar Christian Benteke and Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino showed that the team was serious about winning and scoring goals. Then when you add underrated Nathaniel Clyne to your backline, LFC fans had felt the team had built on the disaster that was last season, and that they could finally get back to their traditional winning ways.
But that just isn’t the case for this team so far. So many questions circle this team with the recent losses. Starting with the departures of Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling. It is hard to not think that the offensive struggles stem from holes that the two players left, that couldn’t be filled this offseason.
Likely, if you ask John Henry and the rest of the Fenway Ownership Group, they’ll claim injuries to Sturridge and Henderson have set this team back, which have taken a toll on the offensive production. Don’t get me wrong, you certainly need someone up front with Benteke to create chances. He can’t be up their alone, he proved that in the beginning of the season with Sturridge out of the lineup. So yes injuries are of concern, but this team with the talent they have, should have scored more then one goal in a game at this point.
Even with the offensive woes, the defense hasn’t looked the greatest at times. Teenager Joe Gomez seems to be playing like one, and arguably not ready for the starting role. Next to him, at times the Skrtel/Lovren duo has been disastrous. Dejan Lovren has made many noticeable mistakes, like in the video below as he makes probably the worst defensive play on a ball that I have ever seen in professional soccer.
Update: Lovern is being examined for “suspected ligament damage plus [a] possible fracture” this according to PysioRoom.com.
Dejan Lovren is injured and it looks bad. Huge loss for every team in the Premier League.
— Anfield Hub (@AnfieldHub) September 23, 2015
Most recently (and what spawned this blog), Liverpool struggled with Carlisle. Who is Carlisle you ask? Carlisle is an English Soccer team that is in 10th in the standings for…League 2. Clearly, Carlisle is not a highly ranked squad, so when Liverpool finally did defeat them, Bleacher Report perfectly stated how fans felt:
As for Rodgers, It isn’t just Liverpool fans talking about his job, media reports out of the UK have Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp as possible replacements for Rodgers if he does get the axe. Although these are just reports and nothing is confirmed, it is certainly never a good sign when things come out like this. Usually, something is up.
So, with all the downfalls of this team right now, is it time to sack Brendan Rodgers?
For me, the answer is absolutely. After watching Raheem Sterling angrily storm out of town, and see the goal scoring go with him, it is hard to continue watching. Sports are a “what have you done for me lately” business. After struggling last season with the departure of Luis Suarez, and having an even worse time this season, it is time for the team to move on while the season is still young. It is not too late to save this season, but it will have to take a lot of hard work by what looks to be Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp.
As for Ancelotti possibly replacing Rodgers, I think the chart composed by the DailyMail should speak for itself:
For Klopp, he also has an impressive resume:
“Jürgen Norbert Klopp is a German football manager and former professional player. With Klopp as a manager, Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, the DFB-Pokal in 2012, and the DFL-Supercup in 2008, 2013 and 2014.”
After all this negativity, I think it is important to end on a positive note. Enjoy Countino’s goal from the Stoke game, which was simply marvelous:
So, you know how I feel about Brendan Rodgers, now I want to know what you think. Should Brendan Rodgers Be Sacked?