Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has conceded that if the club were under different owners manager Brendan Rodgers may have been out of the job.
Rodgers is under fire at the moment after a disappointing campaign last time round which saw the Reds miss out on Champions League qualification, while they also crashed out of Europe's elite competition at the group stages.
The former Swansea boss saw a host of new signings who arrived at Liverpool in the wake of Luis Suarez's departure fail badly last season, and now he is under pressure to spend his money more wisely in the aftermath of Raheem Sterling's £49 million switch to Manchester City.
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Rodgers has already sealed deals for James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino amongst others as he looks to build a team capable of challenging near the top next season.
Assistants Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh were fired after last season in an attempt to shake things up at Anfield but Rodgers was allowed to stay and try again.
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Now Allen, who followed Rodgers from Swansea to Liverpool, has conceded that his manager might not have been granted the chance to make amends for last season's debacle if the club wasn't in the hands of owners Fenway Sports Group.
Asked if he could have sacked by now in different circumstances the 25-year-old said: “Yeah, of course, some owners may have been less tolerant after the way the season went. But the players we’ve got here are all honest players who take responsibility.”
He continued: "At the end of the day, we were the ones who let the supporters, the manager and the staff down — and ourselves down as well. It’s as simple as that. So it’s up to us to get back out there and get back to the levels we know we can reach.”
Liverpool beat the Thai All Stars 4-0 two days ago as they began their preparations for the upcoming campaign. Next up for the Reds who have left Asia for Australia is a friendly against Brisbane Roar, before games against Adelaide United, a Malayasia XI, HJK Helsinki.
They return home to take on Swindon in a final warm-up before the first game of the Premier League season against Stoke, who inflicted a damaging 6-1 defeat on Rodgers' side on the final day of last season.
There were plenty of noises coming out of Liverpool that Rodgers could be for the chop this summer, and they grew louder as news that Jurgen Klopp was available came through.
However FSG do indeed deserve a fair amount of credit for sticking with Rodgers; his style and philosophy are so imbedded that replacing him would have meant hitting the reset button on the entire project. They showed they could be ruthless with Kenny Dalglish but this wasn't the time for that.
They made the much more sensible move of replacing some people around him to offer support and help balance his flaws. However the upshot of that is it is now all on him and a slow start could mean curtains before Christmas.