Liverpool's lacklustre start to the 2015/16 Premier League season has seen fans, notably those on social media, question Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' ability to lead the Reds forward.
Justified largely by league defeats to Manchester United - naturally a soft spot for Liverpool fans - a home humbling by West Ham and failure to brush aside so-called 'weaker' Premier League sides such as Norwich at Anfield, the pressure on Rodgers shows no signs of relenting.
However, given the tendency for some fans to focus only on the current situation and not why it might be so, it is worth stepping back and looking at the reasons why Liverpool, and Brendan Rodgers, are struggling.
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In May 2013, a mere eighteen months ago, Rodgers, aided by the talent of one Luis Suarez, came within two matches of winning the Premier League title. Hailed as a footballing genius, Rodgers could do no wrong.
Two seasons on, however, and Liverpool find themselves once again in what can only be described as a rebuilding phase. The departure of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard, iconic striker Suarez, Raheem Sterling and injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson leave Rodgers without half the side he lead to the Champions League a little over a year ago.
The issue for Rodgers, unfortunately, is that he can't be honest about the situation he finds himself in. After a promising couple of years at the helm, the North Irishman has ultimately failed to take Liverpool forward - but you can't expect him to admit that.
This reality is one that is easy to focus on and easy to criticise. An equally valid, but far less asked, question, though, is whether any manager could do anything differently.
Upon seeing the fixture list released in summer, it was clear that Liverpool would struggle for the first few months.
However, mid-way through the fixtures, the same fans that urged others to be patient for the first few months of the season are the same fans calling for a replacement manager. So much for keeping the faith.
What's more is that while Rodgers is often the proclaimed reason for all failure at Liverpool, it is very rare that claims against him are backed up with solid reasoning - in contrast to Arsene Wenger's refusal to buy a striker, for example.
Rodgers is not to blame for a tough fixture list, nor is he to blame for injuries to key players or the lure of Barcelona attracting Luis Suarez, yet these are primary reasons as to why Liverpool are indeed struggling.
Perhaps his one fault can be for spending money accrued from big-money sales on a wide selection of decent players rather than one or two world-class players, but signings don't always work out - that's part and parcel of football.
The fixture list from Christmas to May means for much more pleasurable reading for Liverpool fans, as does the return of Sturridge and Henderson. In nearly all aspects, things are bound to improve for the Merseyside club.
Therefore, pointing fingers at the easy target is not the way forward, even though it's so easy to do so. Patience, if only for a few months, and some understanding of what Rodgers is striving to achieve at Liverpool, alongside a bit of luck, could go a long way to turning things around at Anfield.
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