Brendan Rodgers has been warned that Liverpool could sack him, if his side ensure a poor start to the 2015-16 season, by former midfielder Patrick Berger.
Berger, who played at Anfield between 1996 and 2003, believes Rodgers has underachieved with the Reds since arriving at the club from Swansea City in the summer of 2012.
The Northern Irish coach came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title at the end of the 2013-14 campaign but failed to land his hands on the trophy following two costly results against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Those at the Premier League in charge of arranging the new season’s fixtures have been rather unkind to Liverpool, who face a very tricky start to the 2015-16 campaign.
Rodgers’ side start their campaign away at Stoke City before a must-win clash against Bournemouth at Anfield in week two. The Merseyside outfit then go head-to-head with Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United before taking on newly-promoted Norwich City in week six.
Patrick Berger fears for Brendan Rodgers
It’s a daunting run of fixtures for Rodgers, who is currently in the process of strengthening his squad ahead of a make-or-break campaign for him as Liverpool manager.
But Berger fears for the 42-year-old, telling the Daily Star, according to the Mirror: “If they find themselves falling behind the top teams right from the beginning then it is going to be tough for him to stay.
”The pressure is there on Rodgers because, over the period he has been there, he has spent a lot of money and he hasn't won anything."
"Even though they were so close to winning the league [in 2013-14], the didn't win it. OK, it was a great season, but there were no trophies. Last season, no trophies either."
Berger has also urged Liverpool to sign a top striker - but Rodgers may have addressed that situation by signing the versatile Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim.
The Reds have agreed a £29 million fee for the 23-year-old who will be expected to provide his fair share of goals next season.
"Liverpool need a top striker because they don't have one now," added Berger. "If you look at Sturridge's record, not just at Liverpool, I don't think he has played one full season."
Jurgen Klopp is lurking
If Liverpool fail to hit the ground running, questions will be asked of Rodgers, who was somewhat fortunate to keep his job at Anfield this summer after finishing last season sixth in the Premier League table.
With former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp currently out of work, but keen to manage a Premier League club following a short sabbatical, Rodgers will be acutely aware that a poor start to next season is likely to cost him his job as Liverpool manager.
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