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Brendan Rodgers walking very thin tightrope in build up to Capital One clash

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There is a growing belief amongst Liverpool fans that owner John W. Henry should sack Brendan Rodgers as the manager of their beloved club following what has been a poor start to the new season, with the next three games potentially vital to the Northern Irishman's career on Merseyside.

Last Sunday's home draw against Norwich was not enough to satisfy the appetite of winning matches that has become a requirement at Anfield. Sadly, though, the stadium is hardly a fortress anymore - any side now arriving on Merseyside fancies their chances.

Since he replaced Kenny Dalglish as manager in the summer of 2012, Rodgers has spent £291 million on new players. Money, clearly, is available for him to invest in rebuilding his squad each season - Liverpool have the seventh most expensive squad assembled in Europe, costing £251 million.

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Fenway Sports Group and co-owner Henry has been patient to listen to and support Rodgers' needs. At the end of last season, when fans felt exasperated by the team's results, the owner took a leap of faith by agreeing to install Sean O’Driscoll as the new assistant manager and former player Gary McAllister as the first-team coach.

It was a bold move by the owner since two of the most coveted manager in European football were available. Jurgen Klopp had decided to quit Borussia Dortmund and take a sabbatical, while Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Real Madrid to make way for Rafael Benitez - two managers that Liverpool fans would jump at the chance to have lead their side.

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Football is all about the results - fans will be happy even just to see their team win ugly rather than lose. Therefore, Rodgers needs to get Liverpool back to winning ways in whatever way possible to regain the trust of the fans as well as the owners.

Last season, after Manchester United beat them 3-0 at Old Trafford, Liverpool went on a fantastic run in the league that put them back into the top five. It showed that Rodgers could deliver when the going gets tough.

Liverpool's run was owed largely to their change of formation - 3-4-1-2 - and one that should fit into Rodgers' current side, with Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge the two strikers up front, and Alberto Moreno with Nathaniel Clyne played as two wing-backs.

This formation meant for more a straightforward attack for Liverpool, different to that of their showing against the aforementioned Red Devils earlier this season, whom they lost 3-1 to, and where they played 4-3-3, using Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings as their wide men. 

Time is the essence for Rodgers to deliver the results. They host Carlisle in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday in the first of three games at Anfield, followed by Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday before entertaining FC Sion in the Europa League.

Three games that should see wins in each and should be taken seriously, despite the considerably weaker opposition. If Rodgers wants to keep his place at the helm of Liverpool, three wins in three will at least settle the Northern Irishman so desperate for relief.

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