Liverpool’s season has been a huge disappointment so far and the knives are out for boss Brendan Rodgers. But getting rid of the Anfield manager now would be premature.
There is no doubt Liverpool are in a poor place. Going out of the Champions League at the group stage and then losing to arch-rivals Manchester United 3-0 means there will be plenty of criticism.
Throw in the fact they are now down in 11th in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of the coveted top four, and the picture is bleak.
Rodgers has made some mistakes this season. Team selection has been baffling at times as he has clearly struggled to find his best XI amid the dual demands of domestic and European football.
Signing Mario Balotelli appears set to be marked down as a huge gamble that has not paid off, while the rest of his summer signings – who do at least retain plenty of potential – have been sub-standard so far.
However, getting rid of last season’s Manager of the Year in December will not sort out Liverpool’s obvious problems. Sacking the popular, former Swansea boss would likely throw the Reds into more turmoil.
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Rodgers oversaw a superb, unexpected title challenge last season and surely has credit in the bank, even if the latest views and opinions around football and at the likes of bluesq suggest moving back into the top four will be a very tough ask.
When Daniel Sturridge returns from injury in January, Rodgers’ options are bolstered significantly and if he can ride this current crisis then he can come out the other end smiling.
Rodgers has his problems and there are plenty of issues to resolve but, like he insisted himself recently, he remains the best man for the job at Anfield and deserves more respect than being shown the door before the Christmas lights are out.