This time last year Liverpool were known internationally for the lethal attacking style of football and were on the verge of winning their first ever Premier League title - with a 3-2 win at Carrow Road against Norwich leaving the Reds with a five point lead and just three games left.
This year, they have been knocked out of all cups and will be lucky for a fourth place finish for Champions' League Football. How has such a genuine title challenge one campaign demised into a disastrous season the very next?
The main issue is that all season there has been one vital piece missing - a world class striker. With Luis Suarez sold and Daniel Sturridge injured, Rodgers brought in several players in the hope that they could live up to last season's free scoring team, but none have particularly come to the fore.
Also they have had to deal with the extra fatigue of playing in Europe, perhaps a main contributor to last year's success (which bear in mind still ended without a trophy).
Whilst it may seem that Liverpool have just gone backwards in a season, I don't think it is as simple as that. I do concede that this season is below par, however I feel that last season was merely an extended purple patch - Rodgers ahead of schedule.
It is this point in particular that leads me to say this: calls for Brendan Rodgers to be sacked are premature and ludicrous at worst. He has brought the club forward since joining the club, and - whilst I hate to say this as a life-long Liverpool supporter - Liverpool will be better next season without Steven Gerrard.
It feels like a crime to say this but it is clear to see that Liverpool are better without him, and there isn't room for him anymore with the likes of Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson stepping up, without even mentioning Ibe, Coutinho, and perhaps even Sterling and Balotelli - who's fruitless first season has had glimmers of gold.
Am I audacious enough to say the ever-so constant Liverpool quote, "This year is ours"? Not quite, but I am hinting towards next season being an improvement, and one I feel should be led by Brendan Rodgers.
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