Adam Lallana has admitted he is pleased that Brendan Rodgers will remain as Liverpool manager and feels he will continue to improve under the Northern Irishman.
The Reds had a disappointing 2014/15 season as they finished just sixth in the Premier League, failed to capture a piece of silverware and being dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages.
After such a promising campaign last year, where Liverpool almost clinched the title, many hoped they would build on that effort and snatch league success for the first time in 25 years.
It was quite the opposite, however, and there was significant speculation that Rodgers would lose his job at the Anfield helm. Following a meeting with club owners, Fenway Sports Group it was announced that the 43-year-old was to remain as head coach and Lallana admits he never doubted any the outcome.
"I’m delighted that Brendan’s still here," the playmaker told the Liverpool Echo.
“In my eyes, there wasn’t really any doubt in him being here for next year, although it was an up and down season. We reached two semi-finals and, at one point, we were closing in on the top four but missed out there as well.
“We had a lot of new players and expectation was always going to be high on the back of such a promising season the previous year when Liverpool almost won the league.
“Brendan is a great coach. He is very good tactically and players are always going to get better working under him.”
Despite Rodgers keeping his job, there's no doubt that Fenway Sports Group will be keeping a watchful eye over him from now until the Christmas period. Jurgen Klopp, who departed Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, has expressed his interest of managing in the Premier League and rumour has it Anfield is his preferred destination.
Rodgers was criticised for a number of his signings last summer. Mario Balotelli was brought in to replace Luis Suarez and it was arguably one of the worst judgements of Rodgers' career. The Italian's record is riddled with controversy and his maiden year at Anfield left little for fans to get excited about.
What Rodgers does have is a youthful squad that he can mould into the team he wants. He has plenty of top-class talent in the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge and a considerable amount of others who have yet to hit their peak.
If Lallana's comments are correct and Rodgers can develop players into world-class talents then he has an excellent chance to showcase his abilities. He will need to do so sooner rather than later, however, as he immediately needs success to maintain his job at Liverpool boss.
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