Brendan Rodgers' failure to complement his rampant attack with defensive stability cost him his job

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Liverpool fans will always have fond memories of that 2013/14 season, but was it really down to Brendan Rodgers' leadership?

Let's be honest, had Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge not performed that season, coupled with the breakthrough of Raheem Sterling, Liverpool fans would not have been 'daring to dream' as they did. A harsh reality, perhaps, but here's why.

A lack of defensive ability was always a drawback to Rodgers' tactics. The pace and urgency on the attack by the SAS at times had us drooling, but defeats to Hull City and dropped points against West Brom both highlighted the weak defending exposed by Rodgers' attacking ignorance.


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Liverpool came close, but Rodgers' arrogance cost Liverpool in the end - his side falling to a 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, courtesy of a Steven Gerrard slip that ultimately covered up for Rodgers' ill-judged decisions.

The 2014/15 season saw a flurry of signings, none of which looked anywhere near the standard required to replace Suarez. Goals were shipped and the attack toothless.

The discussed 'plan B' was the £4 million signing of the labouring Rickie Lambert alongside Mario Balotelli arriving from Milan, the Italian often left isolated up top throughout his time at Anfield.

A return of just one league goal made for easy opportunity for Rodgers to have a fall guy, and once again avoided the negative spotlight.

However, the biggest indication that things weren't all rosy was when the unimaginable happened. Just seven months after almost lifting the Premier League trophy with his beloved club, Steven Gerrard announced his intention to leave for America.

This had never even crossed the minds of any Liverpool fan, and seemed very sudden after coming so close the season prior. Had Gerrard seen what we were all starting to see? A sixth-placed finish followed, topped off with a horror show 6-1 loss to Stoke on the final day.

The 2015/16 season saw a backroom team reshuffle, almost as if to say that Rodgers felt assistant Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh were at fault for last season's failings.

A team shuffle also saw Balotelli and Lazar Markovic loaned out, Raheem Sterling sold, and no wingers signed to replace them. Rodgers' failure to replace Sterling echoed the Suarez failings.

Liverpool started this season strongly - defensively. Three clean sheets from three seemed to be mission accomplished after three seasons of defensive frailties, but their attack was non-existent.

A lack of wingers was exposed, with Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe not creating the desired urgency needed as Rodgers opted for a 4-5-1 formation. Just two goals scored in those three games and an isolated Christian Benteke found himself struggling to impose himself.

A 3-0 drumming to West Ham, alongside a succession of draws and disappointing results, followed - confirmation that after three seasons and four games into his Liverpool career, Rodgers had nothing left. He had failed to mix defence and attack into a successful formula, putting the final nail in his own coffin.

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