Opinion: Brendan Rodgers' time is up as Liverpool manager


After two 1-1 draws in performances that the Liverpool manager needed to win, it seems only a matter of time before Brendan Rodgers is relieved of his duties at Anfield.

Watching his post match press conference after the latest disappointing result, Rodgers seemed a man who did not know what he was doing. He continues to wax lyrical about the 'character' of his players and how they were fantastic, but it is simply not good enough.

No disrespect to Norwich, who fully deserved their point on the day, but Liverpool should be wiping the floor with teams like that. Full of internationals who have cost the clubs millions of pounds, but unable to beat a promoted side at Anfield.


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Bright start

On the day, it all started positively for Liverpool fans. Dejan Lovren was finally dropped from the starting line-up for Mamadou Sakho, and Daniel Sturridge returned after what has seemed an entirety.

Liverpool had few chances in the first half, but it was certainly an improved performance from the disaster at Old Trafford a week earlier.

The second half saw the introduction of Danny Ings, replacing an injured Benteke, and immediately Liverpool looked more of a threat. It beggars belief that Rodgers played Ings on the left of midfield against Manchester United, when his presence in the centre here alongside Sturridge made Liverpool a considerable amount more dangerous.

Ings got his moment when Alberto Moreno sent him through on goal with a lovely pass. Ings was calm and collected and slotted under the onrushing John Ruddy for his first league goal, and the Kop may now have a new idol.

It didn't last however, and Liverpool missed great chances to finish the game off, with midfield maestro Phillipe Coutinho the villain on more than one occasion.

Liverpool v Norwich City - Premier League

Rodgers in serious danger

It now means that in the last 20 competitive fixtures that Liverpool have played, they have failed to score more than one goal in 18 of them. This is an unbelievable statistic, and is simply not good enough. Rodgers is failing to get the creative juices flowing in his side, and the longer that continues, the more games they will struggle in.

The honest assessment of Rodgers is that he has to go. As much as I, and every Liverpool fan, want him to be a success story at Anfield, it isn't going to happen. The owners need to take action now or face the very real prospect that teams such as Swansea, Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Tottenham and even Leicester City will all finish above Liverpool in the league this campaign.

Who will be in line to take over at Anfield? There is a lot of speculation that continues to link Jurgen Klopp with the job. It seems a great fit, Klopp is passionate, fluent in English, and determined to work in this country. Other contenders would appear to be Carlo Ancelotti, Frank De Boer, Garry Monk and Ronald Koeman.

Liverpool v Carlisle United - Capital One Cup Third Round

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