Liverpool fans, especially the older ones, are somewhat spoilt. They are used to winning, or at least coming close.
In recent years, particularly since the departure of Rafael Benitez, Liverpool's results have gone downhill. They came close when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were on scintillating form, feeding off one another, and they blew teams away like they used to back in the day.
Other than that, Reds fans have had to be extremely patient, and realistically haven't had much to be excited about. An indifferent season last year, compounded by the gradual depletion of world-class talent around Anfield, meant that fans have become more and more muted, and this was most evident in their most recent home game, where the fans were almost silent.
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Defeats against Manchester United both home and away last year and a 6-1 thrashing by Stoke, combined with poor losses at home to West Ham and United again this season meant that was the last straw for Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman has spent lavishly on new signings in the past three years, and has yet seen very few of them transfer any sort of success on the pitch. Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling, Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have all left the club during his tenure.
After a remarkably poor 2013/14 summer of transfers, Rodgers was more considered in his approach this season, bringing in Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and James Milner. Despite this, realistically only Milner has bedded himself in successfully, and Liverpool's infamous transfer committee still place heavy importance on developing new talent.
Whichever manager comes in now will have to ensure that the signings of the previous summer are much more of a success than what they have shown in this season so far, as well as develop some of the younger talent such as Jordon Ibe and Divock Origi.
One thing that will always leave a mark on Rodgers' already-blemished record, is that he was the first Liverpool manager in over fifty years not to win a trophy.
Undoubtedly, Liverpool fans won't expect a trophy in the first season. But a real shot at the top four, as well as a decent cup run in both domestic cups is the bare minimum for any incoming manager. And this has to be converted into a trophy at least by the end of the third season, with serious improvements in league positions through this period.
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