Brendan Rodgers can expect a few bumps along the way as he endeavours to repair the damage that has been dealt unto Liverpool over the last few years. 

From being a consistent top-four team, and even finishing second as recently as 2009, Liverpool have fallen onto hard times, and whilst instilling a new philosophy at Anfield, Rodgers will hope to bring back the glory days for the Reds. It is apparent, however, that there are two very different roads that Liverpool could end up going down.

Firstly, we could take the pessimistic view on matters. Who's not to say that Rodgers' stint, as manager will not come to a premature end, as it did with Kenny Dalglish's second spell and Roy Hodgson's term in charge? With new owners from across the pond anything is possible, as we saw the disastrous Hicks-Gillett partnership alienate the relationship with the then manager Benitez. 

Although the new American owners do not bring with them the same sense of impending doom that the previous pair did, it still is by no means assured that they will not lose patience should the results not come. What is more, could the fans or seniors players become opposed to Rodgers regime? 

Admittedly the likes of Gerrard and Carragher are not commonly seen as volatile older statesmen like those at some other clubs, but what could be more of a problem is when these players are no longer there to provide their services on the pitch and in the dressing room. Furthermore, many fans still long for the glory days of old and find a finish of 5th or less in the league less than satisfactory, so the pressure is on for Rodgers to produce. 

Another obstacle is the fact that their are genuinely six sides that have far greater quality in their squads than Liverpool, and too many finishes behind the likes of their local rivals Everton, will drag the Reds ever closer to competing with the likes of mid-table teams such as Newcastle and Stoke. These are just some of the ways that it could all go wrong at the Kop.

On the other hand, could we see a revival at Anfield, with Rodgers becoming the Messianic figure that he is portrayed as in the fly-on-the-wall documentary of the team, Being: Liverpool. It seems unlikely that the Kop will ever see the same levels of dominance as in the '70s and '80s, however a return to the top-four is much more tangible. It certainly seems a possibility if they can hold onto star forward Luis Suarez as well as nurturing promising youngsters such as Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini and Andre Wisdom into first-team regulars. 

What Liverpool certainly don't need are further embarrassments in terms of signings such as over £20million for Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing combined, as well as the frankly ridiculous £35million for Andy Carroll

However, this does not look likely, as Rodgers seems to be making smart additions to his squad: all new signings fit in with his ball-playing philosophy, and the Northern Irishman is also gifted with defenders at the club who know how to play the ball such as Daniel Agar, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson. 

The big problem is clear: how will Liverpool ever replace Steven Gerrard? The talismanic midfielder has endured all the highs and lows at Anfield over the years, but at the age of 32 his best days look numbered and a replacement is needed. 

It does look like efforts have been made to achieve this with the arrival of young Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who appears to be slotting into the team flawlessly and will with no doubt be one of the ones to watch in the Premier League in the coming years. However the future does turn out for Liverpool, it will certainly be fascinating to follow for all fans involved.


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