Liverpool may have endured a poor start to the campaign but the club’s supporters are not prepared to abandon faith in manager Brendan Rodgers, and quite right too given his achievements of last season.
But do the fans have quite so much faith in the club’s owners? Well, according to stats from Football Addicts, the Liverpool hierarchy do not account for as much support from the terraces as Rodgers does.
Data generated from the opinions of over 150,000 fans shows that Rodgers retains the backing of 70 percent of Liverpool supporters, a number that has decreased this season but remains a sizeable majority.
This is compared to 62 percent of fans having confidence in the Liverpool owners, so it would appear that they - albeit marginally - rather than the manager are taking the largest proportion of blame for the season the club have endured so far.
Liverpool spent £117m in the transfer market in the summer to reinforce a squad set for a return to Europe and with Luis Suarez departed, but these new acquisitions have failed to leave a lasting mark.
The Reds have been verging on woeful this term having lost seven of their 16 matches across all competitions - one more than they have won - and scoring only twice in their last five outings, with both of these goals coming in a single game.
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Things do not get any easier for Liverpool after a defeat to Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week, with unbeaten Chelsea, who lead the Premier League, the opposition in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Rodgers chose to leave out five of his regular starters, captain Steven Gerrard included, for the visit to Real Madrid on Tuesday, which will only reinforce the need to get a result against Chelsea, with all eggs seemingly placed in a single basket.
There was some severe criticism directed at Rodgers following his team selection for the Champions League clash, although he denied it had anything to do with Chelsea’s weekend visit to Anfield. It is an argument that failed to convince.
Liverpool can actually climb into the top four if they defeat Chelsea heavily and other results go in their favour, but that would appear unlikely against a side that have not lost in their 16 matches this term.
Chelsea have recorded 12 wins and drawn the remaining four games, leading to comparisons with Arsenal’s Invincibles side of a decade ago.
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