Brendan Rodgers may have lasted three years and four months in charge, and has sometimes been brilliant, and sometimes not so great.
But some of the Liverpool players have been terrible the whole time (not to mention any certain names of any specific Italians). So can Brendan Rodgers really be blamed for the players not playing well?
He certainly has to take some of the blame, yes. A managers job, in a nutshell, is to help the football team to perform to the best that they can.
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They must make sure the players are organised, know what their specific roles, and ensure they are motivated to give 100%. The manager must also identify faults, and more importantly, rectify them.
Clearly there are some problems behind the scenes at Liverpool which we may not know about, power struggles, the hierarchy and who gets a say on what. Brendan Rodgers was asked in an interview whether he wanted Balotelli at the club, he explicitly said no, and then a week later he was a Liverpool player.
If that doesn't provide a significant insight into the power struggle going on behind the scenes then I don't know what will!
Towards the start of his time at Liverpool he signed well, and perhaps shows at that stage he had more of an input in the transfer dealings. Coutinho and Sturridge coming in for less than £20 million combined. Getting rid of some of the Liverpool deadwood like Joe Cole, Craig Bellamy, Maxi Rodriguez, Charlie Adam.
I think Brendan Rodgers is a talented manager. He has some good ideas of how to break teams down and going forward he has a good eye for detail. But defensively he lacks some knowledge and is a bit naive in his way of thinking.
Clearly Liverpool have tripped up defensively, and that is where they suffered most during their poor form towards the latter stages of last season, and the start of this.
But again, how much of a say did Brendan Rodgers have in losing some of his star players? Suarez, Sterling, Gerrard, even Daniel Agger to a certain extent. And Daniel Sturridge being injured more than he has been available for Liverpool hasn't helped.
There is clearly a problem with bringing in players who have massively under-performed yet Rodgers can only manage the players given to him. Having to deal with a dressing room which is constantly up and down, and changing personnel cannot have been easy.
All in all I really don't think we've seen the last of Brendan Rodgers. He is a mature individual who will have learnt from this experience. I hope to see him with his managerial style go abroad somewhere, like David Moyes has done. Perhaps Spain and ply his trade.
Good luck to him, and even more good luck to whoever has to try and balance this, quite frankly on the rocks, current Liverpool side. I'd be extremely impressed if Liverpool got top four this season!
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