Arsenal are Liverpool's first real test in Rodgers' make or break season

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It's no secret that last season quite a large number of Liverpool fans wanted Brendan Rodgers out down to poor form, especially the brief spell in the Champions League, which fans had been missing since 2010.

Although the Liverpool board have not said that Rodgers' job is under threat, it is a wide belief that if the team don't get off to a good start this campaign then he could lose his post.

It's so far so good for Liverpool after two games. The Reds have recorded a duo of wins, although both games were far from walkovers.


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Promising start

Against Stoke they did well to keep a clean sheet, something improved upon since last season, at the other end though they were not as promising, only being able to break the deadlock with a spark of magic from Philippe Coutinho.

Then the football gods were smiling on Liverpool for their first home game of the season against Bournemouth, well at least Eddie Howe thought believed so.

Fortunes against Bournemouth?

Not many people could understand why Tommy Elphick and Bournemouth's first goal of the season was chalked off, but that wasn't the only controversial moment in the game.

Christian Benteke's season opener should of been disallowed under the new interpretations of the offside rule because of Coutinho's attempts to play the ball from an offside position. That being said, Liverpool still took all three points and they all count at the end of the season.

First test ahead

Monday night brings the first real test of the season in the shape of a trip down to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.

Admittedly they have not set the world on fire with their first two games either, but they are still a dangerous side. It will be interesting to see how 18-year old Joe Gomez faces up against Alexis Sanchez, with there being little doubt that it will be a difficult night for him.

The Gunners had Benteke wrapped up and neatly placed in their back pocket during the FA Cup final last term when he was at Aston Villa, so he'll be looking to prove he can shake it with the big boys. 

So, if Rodgers wants to change the opinion of the Liverpool fans, coming through this match unscathed and avoiding a repeat of the 4-1 defeat from last season will certainly not harm his chances.

With games against Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea around the corner, keeping hold of as many points as possible will help Rodgers retain his job.

Liverpool fans, do you think the next Premier League fixture is going to be Rodgers' sternest challenge during the early stages of the season? Let us know in the comments box below.

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