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Liverpool are in danger of losing out on the holy grail

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We're less than two months into the 2015/16 season but there is already a significant amount of pressure on many managers.

Brendan Rodgers is certainly one boss who's job is far from safe after a slow start to the new campaign at Liverpool.

The Northern Irishman was once again given a kings ransom in transfer funds this summer - and well and truly had the backing of owners, Fenway Sports Group.

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The Reds have scooped just 11 points from their opening seven Premier League games and some supporters have expressed their frustration towards Rodgers.

The 43-year-old failed at Anfield last season - there's no other way of describing his effort. 

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Liverpool finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to win a piece of silverware. Rodgers did not bring home what he promised in the summer of 2014, which was a top-four finish and a first trophy since taking the hot-seat in 2012.

There's no reason why Rodgers is not getting the required results. He's had a monumental amount of money readily available and the transfer committee he talked about in the past seemingly went out of the window this summer.

He too was allowed to get rid of his back-room staff and bring new coaches to the club. He has everything his favour and another lacklustre season will no doubt see him lose his job.

Rodgers' principle goal come May will be to get Liverpool back into the Champions League. 

He has achieved this once before, when the Reds came within a whisker of winning the league title in 2014, but their effort in Europe's elite competition was far from good enough, and Liverpool crashed out in the group stages.

European history is inscripted at Liverpool and, for many supporters, they would rather see their team do well on the continent than the domestic front. Certainly, to Fenway Sports Group, Europe is key. 

The Champions League offers financial rewards more than possibly imaginable. FSG, ultimately, are all about the money and how much profit they can earn from Liverpool. They're willing to invest but, sooner rather than later, they want the benefits.

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Rodgers will have envisioned reaching fourth spot in the Premier League over the summer and pondered how he could overthrow Manchester United and clinch the position come May.

Unfortunately for the ex-Swansea City manager, things are in danger of falling apart already.

Louis van Gaal has turned United around in the early stages of the season and the Red Devils surprisingly sit top of the Premier League.

Summer signings Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay have settled well at Old Trafford since moving for big fees over the summer, and have helped push United to the summit of the table.

Manchester City have shown their frailties in back-to-back losses to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur but the sheer fire-power Manuel Pellegrini possesses suggests they'll bounce back.

Nobody expected Chelsea to be sitting 15th in the league at this stage of the season. They have been well below the magnificence they displayed to run away with the league last term.

However, with Jose Mourinho at the helm, there's not a football fan who isn't confident the Portugal native will steer the Blues back to where expected.

Arsenal too are finding their tune following last weekend's 5-2 away win against Leicester City and have the ability to devastate any team they come up against.

A place for a top-four finish does look very competitive. However, it could get a lot more difficult for Rodgers - if that was possible.

Due to the under-performance of English teams in the Champions League, the country is under threat of losing one of their places in next year's competition if things do not improve. In Layman's terms, Rodgers could miss out on the holy grail of fourth spot.

We're in a footballing environment where a top four finish is more important, in many respects, than winning the title - because of the financial aspects the Champions League.

Arsenal's principle target at the start of each season is not to win the league - which it should be given the size of the club - but to finish fourth. Anything else is a bonus.

If the four English teams competing in this year's Champions League do fail to fire once again, then Rodgers' job will get a great deal harder.

Fourth, to many Kopites, seems doable if everything goes in their favour. Third, however, is a huge ask for a team who've shown several chinks in their armour once again this season.

Rodgers needs to gear Liverpool back into the Champions League. The Europa League has nowhere near the same appeal nor financial benefits.

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