Liverpool fans raise cash to fly Rodgers Out banner

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A group of Liverpool supporters have designed a banner calling for the sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers and are in the process of raising money to fly it over Anfield during Saturday's Premier League clash against Chelsea.

The Reds fans posted the banner design on Twitter. It bares the message: "Brendan Rodgers is a football genius" in reference to a similar banner that was organised by another group of Liverpool fans last season, which read: "David Moyes Is A Football Genius" - a dig at rivals Manchester United, whose supporters flew a "#MoyesOut" banner over Old Trafford weeks earlier.

This new Liverpool banner - which can be seen in all its glory by scrolling down this page - also features the text: "Forever in love with Southampton and Swansea's footballers", "£215m spent on absolute rubbish" - and, of course, the hashtag: "#RodgersOut".

The tweet, posted by '@RodgersOutClub', has unsurprisingly received a mixed response. The majority of Liverpool fans who posted a response appear to be firmly against the idea, but the tweet has so far received in excess of 1,000 retweets.

Rodgers put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal with Liverpool in May after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.

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Liverpool struggling after superb season

Rodgers was hailed for inspiring Liverpool's swashbuckling style of play, but is struggling this season with the demands of balancing the Premier League with the Champions League - particularly without the services of the club's one world-class player, Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona in the summer.

Liverpool are currently seventh in the Premier League table following their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday, having taken 14 points from their opening 10 matches, and Rodgers has been criticised by some for the signings he made during the summer.

Summer signings failing

The most controversial of which was Mario Balotelli, who has failed to score a single Premier League goal since joining from AC Milan.

The likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno have also struggling to make an impact since joining the Merseyside outfit.

Rodgers is extremely unlikely to be sacked following last season's heroics, but the Northern Irish coach faces another tough week. Before taking on Premier League title favourites Chelsea this weekend, Liverpool make the daunting trip to the Bernabeu to face European champions Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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