Liverpool loss to Everton could cost Brendan Rodgers his job

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The Merseyside derby is one of the most prestigious fixtures in football. Every football fan stops to watch a game that is usually fuelled with passion, resulting in flying challenges and an entertaining clash for all.

Whereas the match is always important, this time around three points for Brendan Rodgers is a necessity.

Rodgers under the kosh

The Northern Irishman is under a monumental amount of pressure at Anfield. Liverpool have been performing well below par and supporters are beginning to lose patience with him.


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A win against FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday was all but guaranteed on paper and Liverpool had the chance to take a stranglehold on Group B. 

Following the final whistle, and the confirmation of a draw, boos were bellowed from all areas of Anfield. The match finished 1-1 and the Reds failed to beat another inferior opponent on their own turf. 

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Fair frustration

The frustration from Kopites is understandable. They've seen Rodgers spend a king's ransom on new recruits for the past two summers and have not reaped the rewards.

A win against Everton is vital for Liverpool fans. They want the bragging rights in the city and giving their Bluenose friends a chance to rub it in isn't part of the plan.

The derby is important as a local rivalry but for Rodgers it is, arguably, the biggest game since taking the hot seat at Anfield.

Rodgers' fall from grace

The ex-Swansea City boss almost guided the Reds to their first league title in 24 years in 2014.

Rodgers was immortal at that stage, especially following the 3-2 victory against Manchester City when most fans were fully behind him. The feeling has changed now though; most supporters want to see him given his P45 after this season's form.

In 90 minutes, Liverpool have only beaten out-of-form Aston Villa 3-2 in their last five matches. Draws against Norwich and Sion were underwhelming and the performance against League Two Carlisle was nothing but an embarrassment, with Rodgers only saved by a penalty shoot-out victory.

vital clash

If there is to be a nail in the coffin, it will be a loss against Everton. The Blues are in fine form and have been quite the opposite of Liverpool this term.

Roberto Martinez's men have displayed passion and desire when going behind in matches - their comeback to beat West Bromwich Albion on Monday night was nothing but admirable.

Everton fight back

Baggies manager Tony Pulis is renowned for making it extremely difficult for the opposition to break his side down at the Hawthorns from the word go. 2-0 down, some would call it an impossible task.

Through a never-say-die attitude, inspired by Romelu Lukaku - who grabbed himself a brace - Everton completed the difficult task and travelled back to Merseyside with three points. For Rodgers to maintain his job, he has to travel across to Stanley Park and win.

Owners Fenway Sports Group have been reluctant to get rid of him and showed their backing by giving the 42-year-old a large sum of cash for new transfers during the summer.

Although they are not football experts, they will realise just how important a loss to Everton would be, both from a rivalry perspective and in terms of league position.

Liverpool fans, should Rodgers walk if you're beaten by Everton? Let us know in the comments box below.

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