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Liverpool need Brendan Rodgers to magic a miracle

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The reign of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager is sure to end if they do not start picking up positive results quickly.

Many see the games against Bordeaux, Norwich and Aston Villa as games the Northern Irishman must pick up three wins from in order to stay in the Anfield hot seat.

With Norwich going well, Villa, who are Rodgers' Anfield bogey team, and Bordeaux impressing domestically, it really could spell trouble for the manager.

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Happier days

In the famous 2013/14 in which Rodgers so brilliantly nearly won the Premier League, Liverpool were the best side in the country. They played the best football, scored the most goals and impressed the most people.

Many hailed Rodgers a genius in turning a team that finished seventh into runners-up the following campaign, and again last season when, after a terrible start, Rodgers radically reverted to a 3-4-1-2 formation and won 12 straight games.

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Money talks

Ultimately though, he has taken the club backwards in his tenure. Rodgers has spent over a quarter of a billion pounds on 31 players at Anfield.

Of these, who are the ones that have proved worth the outlay? For me, only Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are two to have shone, although I am extremely confident that the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez and Emre Can will all succeed at Anfield.

This is a serious amount of money to have spent to not bring home a trophy and only one top four placed finish. Liverpool have been used to the high life in the past, with the Champions League always a certainty every single season.

Teams such as West Ham, Norwich, Hull and Wigan would turn up at Anfield knowing they'd be on the end of a hiding, but not anymore. Teams are going to Anfield and believing that they can get a result.

Liverpool, despite their 9th place position currently, have been terrible this season. Bournemouth should have beaten them but for some poor decisions. They needed a last minute wonder goal to win at Stoke, and the performances against West Ham and Manchester United? Let's not even go into that. The only credible result of the season so far was the away point at Arsenal, and if truth be told they should've won that game with ease.

Tactical shortcomings and poor team selection

Rodgers has continued with the much maligned Dejan Lovren this season, and sure enough, he was woeful against West Ham. Yes, his performances have improved from last season, but that is nothing to be proud about. He remains a massive risk every time he gets the ball, and Mahmadou Sakho must be scratching his head along with every Liverpool fan as to why he continues to sit on the sidelines while Lovren plays.

Tactically, Rodgers has been awful, with one lone striker employed at Old Trafford against a makeshift, slow centre back. Ings should have played alongside Benteke, who thrives on having bodies around him. 

Sadly, I feel Rodgers is out of his depth at Anfield and the one majestic season can be put down to the brilliance of Luis Suarez as a footballer rather than Rodgers management. The Merseysiders are likely to be competing for a top eight finish this season, with sides such as Swansea, Everton, Spurs and Crystal Palace all likely to cause problems. 

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