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Brendan Rodgers got what he deserved at Liverpool

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Thierry Henry's face on Sky Sports when Ed Chamberlain announced that Brendan Rodgers had been sacked as Liverpool manager was priceless. However, for many it did not come as a surprise.

After just over three years at the helm at Anfield, Rodgers' time as manager has come to an erupt end and, quite frankly, there is a large proportion of Liverpool supporters who are delighted.

Sunday's derby clash against Everton was always going to be a pivotal match for the Northern Irishman.

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After a promising start to the season, clinching seven points against Stoke City, Bournemouth and Arsenal - all without conceding a goal - it looked as if Liverpool had turned a corner.

However, heading into the Merseyside derby, Rodgers was hanging on for his job by the skin of his teeth. 

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Liverpool's early success had turned into a similar position they've found themselves in for the best part of Rodgers' reign; mid-table.

Losses against West Ham United and Manchester United as well as unconvincing performances in four straight home games against Norwich City, Carlisle United, Aston Villa and FC Sion meant that Rodgers had to beat Everton to remain in the hot-seat at Anfield.

In many ways, the performance against the Blues summarised Liverpool's 2015/16 season. They started the match brightly and looked strong in all areas before giving away a silly goal and never recovered.

In any other circumstance, a 1-1 draw against Everton would be more than adequate. However, the series of results beforehand meant three points was the minimum required

When Rodgers took charge in the summer of 2012, he said he would have Liverpool back in the Champions League in three years - quite the opposite has occurred.

The 42-year-old had all the necessary means to get the Reds back into the Champions League but has flattered to deceive.

Rodgers constantly reiterated the fact that Liverpool are rebuilding. 

What  began to frustrate Kopites is that there was no time-scale on this process and it was supposed to be three years, but the rebuilding has prolonged and it seemed that the Sagrada Familia will be built before Rodgers' squad was where he wanted it to be

The first season he took over was understandable. The instability of Roy Hodgson's disappointing reign followed by Kenny Dalglish had caused distribution at Liverpool. 

Rodgers' task was to surpass Dalglish's achievement. The Scot guided Liverpool to both the League Cup and FA Cup final in 2012 - winning the former - and Andy Carroll's disallowed goal in the latter against Chelsea may have made the result quite different if it was declared valid.

Rodgers guided the Reds to seventh in the table. It wasn't the most inspiring, but it was acceptable as he was getting to know the ins and outs of the club and switching methods at the club.

His second campaign in charge nearly made him an instant great at Liverpool. After 24-years without winning the league title, the Reds finished just two points behind winners Manchester City and, if it hadn't had been for Gerrard's slip against Chelsea, Rodgers may have become a Liverpool legend.

In hindsight, however, many have agreed it was the magic of Luis Suarez that was the primary reason Liverpool finished where they did. He scored 31 league goals and inspired the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho to do similar.

Even during that season, Liverpool had frailties. They conceded 51 league goals and they looked dreadful at the back and, still, that problem has not been fully dealt with. 

In the summer of 2014, Rodgers was in the strongest possible position as manager. He had just signed a new five-year contract and had the Reds back in the Champions League.

The loss of Suarez was disappointing, but it was inevitable. The Uruguayan wanted to move to Arsenal the previous summer so the shining lights of the Nou Camp were never going to keep him at Liverpool.

£75 million was how much Barcelona paid for Suarez and, with the financial benefits of the Champions League, Rodgers had a serious war chest available.

Instead of paying top dollar for a world-class player, one specifically who would replace Suarez, Rodgers opted to buy youngsters who had showed early indications they would reach the top through development.

This, apparently, was the policy of owners Fenway Sports Group and the transfer committee they put in place also had their say on signings. However, there's no doubt Rodgers had the final word.

Mario Balotelli arriving at Liverpool almost epitomised Rodgers' attitude. He thought he could do what Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini could not - get the best from Balotelli, who was Suarez's replacement. Naive it was from the Ulsterman and he paid the price with the Italian scoring just four goals all season.

Rodgers, during his time at the Reds, was self-absorbed. Instead of dwelling on losses, he basked in the glory of finishing second in the Premier League for far too long.

Despite finishing sixth last season, he somehow managed to keep his job following an end-of-season meeting with FSG. He sacked assistant manager Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh in the process, despite bringing Pascoe with him from Swansea City.

Liverpool's performance in the Champions League was near on an embarrassment. 

"Back where we belong" was what Kopites said going into the tournament. They were soon given a reality check that their team was no longer a European heavyweight team and finished a lacklustre third in Group B and failed to reach the knockout stages.

Again, Rodgers was given a hefty transfer kitty in the summer and again it looks wasted.

Christian Benteke joined for £32.5 million from Aston Villa. Despite Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll all being similar players to Benteke and all being quickly shown the door by Rodgers, he once again repeated the action of signing a 'big target-man.'

Another to join the Reds was Roberto Firmino for £29.5 million. He, like Lazar Markovic, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, was unknown to many and was bought on potential, and too has failed to impress thus far.

It's a sad feeling wanting your own team to lose. But to your city rivals, it speaks volumes.

This is how many Kopites heading into the Merseyside derby felt. A loss against Everton meant Rodgers came closer to the chop. Luckily, one point was picked up so, in a way, fans got a 'win-win.'

Liverpool supporters are some of the proudest in football and will always back their team. However, Rodgers lost them. Their boos against Carlisle and Sion showed that Kopites wanted change at the club.

FSG would have listened to them loud and clearly.

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