It’s time Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers and appointed Jurgen Klopp.
It’s never nice to call for a manager’s head and I’ve been in full support of Rodgers despite many fans wanting him sacked for a while now. But with a manager with Klopp’s talents ready and available, and Rodgers making zero progress, surely it’s time for a change.
Three seasons in charge without a trophy is definitely a sackable record at a club like Liverpool. But Rodgers has understandably been given time after leading Liverpool to second in the 2013/14 season, the closest they’ve ever come to winning their first Premier League title.
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Many argue that Liverpool only came so close to lifting the Premier League trophy thanks solely to Luis Suarez who scored 31 goals during that campaign. But surely Rodgers deserves some credit for that season. It’s typical that when a team isn’t doing well it’s down to the manager but when a team is successful it’s down to the players.
However, Rodgers must take some blame for the previous campaign when Liverpool finished sixth and got knocked out of their Champions League group. That simply shouldn’t happen given the extra funds available to strengthen the squad. We never know who’s responsible for actually signing the players that Liverpool did buy, but Rodgers was involved in some capacity and, therefore, must take a share of the blame.
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This season has started in a very similar fashion to last, the club lacking any real quality and throwing away points against teams they should be beating. The players lack belief, the stadium lacks atmosphere and the manager lacks motivational skills.
Rodgers was always regarding as a great tactician but he’s cast doubt over that this season with his “obsession” to play 4-3-3 earlier in the campiagn.
Against Bordeaux in the Europa League and Norwich in the Premier League, he opted for a 3-5-2 when surely a 4-4-2 diamond would work a lot better with Emre Can moving from centre-back to his preferred central midfield position.
One thing that Rodgers really lacks is his man management skills. In fact, they’re awful. Just look at the amount of players that leave the club and slate their former manager afterwards. Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, even Steven Gerrard, a big Rodgers supporter, has had a few little digs at him recently in his new book.
Then there was the episode of making Balotelli, Borini and Jose Enrique train separately and at different times to the first team squad. What was all that about? Maybe they weren’t in his plans this season but had they done anything wrong? That sort of behaviour from a manager is a great way to lose respect from his players.
Do Liverpool players respect him at the moment? Do you they want to play for him? Does he motivate the players? I don’t think so.
However, you would say ‘Yes’ to all of those questions of your manager was Jurgen Klopp. Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to two successive Bundesliga titles and to a Champions League final during his seven years at the club. His attitude and philosophy fits Liverpool perfectly and he would be loved by players and fans alike.
Some fans may argue that it isn't logical changing managers halfway through a season. Whilst I understand the reasoning behind the statement you must also look at it from a different angle and in the context of the club. Appointing Klopp halfway through the season will do Liverpool no damage whatsoever.
“It doesn’t have to be an absolute top club. There are other good projects that are exciting.”
Champions League qualification is unlikely with either manager and Klopp's arrival will hardly damage Liverpool's season any further. Also, it allows Klopp to access the squad and decide which system and style to play for his first full season. It gives him time to work on the training ground to ensure the team will be more prepared and put his stamp and authority on the squad rather than turning up in the summer and seeing them play for the first time on the opening day of the season.
A recent quote fom Klopp would suggest that Liverpool may be he perfect club for him “It doesn’t have to be an absolute top club,” he said. “There are other good projects that are exciting, (teams) who need help.”
Liverpool need help and Klopp is the man to save them.