Brendan Rodgers fighting for Liverpool career

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If Brendan Rodgers could hear the boos against Norwich City at the weekend, they would have belted right into his ear drum during Wednesday evening versus Carlisle United.

Given the quality, or lack of quality Liverpool were facing in the third round of the Capital One Cup, home supporters had every right to voice their frustration throughout the game.

The Reds have been involved in some big cup upsets down the years; however, a loss against the Cumbria outfit would have topped them all by a long way.


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If Rodgers was feeling the pressure prior to kick-off, he will no doubt be worried for his job every time the phone rings following the Carlisle match.

In the end, Liverpool got the job done due to Adam Bogdan's heroics in the penalty shoot-out. Bogdan, who was making his first start for the Reds since joining them from Bolton Wanderers in the summer, made a positive impact and gained some trust in supporters.

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Lack of faith

However, the faith they have in Rodgers has once again slid further down the pole.

In the morning building up to the match there were strong rumours that club owners Fenway Sports Group had approached Carlo Ancelloti about the possibility of him taking the hot-seat at Anfield. 

Based on success, Ancelotti is leaps and bounds ahead of Rodgers.

The Italian has won almost every major trophy possible. From the Champions League to Serie A, you name it and the likelihood is that the 56-year-old has it on his C.V. 

Compare that to Rodgers' record and there is no competition. The Northern Irishman has won the play-off final with Swansea City - for some, that can't even be considered a major trophy.

Rodgers clearly felt the repercussions of the rumours and fielded a strong team to face Carlisle to try and ensure that he is he right man to manage Liverpool. 

Unfortunately, his plan back-fired and the ex-Swansea City boss now has egg on his face.

Youngster Jordan Rossiter, who was impressive last week against Bordeaux in the Europa League, was kept on the bench. The same can be said for Callum Brannagan and it was surprising that Daniel Sturridge, who badly needs game time, was not even amongst the substitutes.

The team Rodgers fielded from the start was one you wouldn't be that surprised with in the Premier League. With the exception of Bogdan and Coutinho coming into the team, Liverpool's starting XI to face Aston Villa at the weekend could, potentially, be no different.

Much like in the losses to West Ham United and Manchester United, Liverpool looked lost of identity.

Danny Ings once again had a point to prove and took his goal well, likewise provider Adam Lallana who still needs to justify his hefty price-tag.


But, for the most part, the Reds looked characterless - a word that contrasts the way Rodgers describes his team on umpteen occasions.

Liverpool had 47 shots at goal against the Cumbrians- just one went in. 

Divock Origi has been praised by Rodgers on numerous occasions, but the Belgium international has flattered to deceive thus far at Anfield. His had a number of chances go begging and his decision making must improve. 

James Milner has too lacked the quality Liverpool need from their central midfielder. He was no doubt a good piece of business on a free transfer from Manchester City; however, he is an able deputy who is better doing the dogs work, not a Steven Gerrard-like box-to-box midfielder.

Liverpool have four consecutive home games, including the Norwich and Carlisle matches. Four wins was the absolute minimum expected.

Sunday's draw against the Canaries was far from good enough and a penalty victory against a League Two side who conceded four against York City at the weekend can hardly count.

Everything appears to have gone a bit stale at Anfield and, unfortunately, it's looking like change can only help freshen things up.

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