LONG before kick off, long before the warm-up, you could feel it. The inevitability. It swirled and settled in the air. The cliff and its edge circled the atmosphere. At 5pm, Anfield was silent and gloomy. It was full of emptiness, and even when everyone took their seats three hours later, it was still vacant. There was no real hope, no faith, no positivity, no belief. Only the inevitability, thick and thorough.
Brendan Rodgers looked like a man who woke up in the morning and read that his job was offered to Carlo Ancelotti. Like a man who also read his club’s denial, but is smart enough to read between the lines. The players looked like they turned off their alarms, rolled out of bed, turned on the news and rolled head first into ‘The Pressure’. Supporters knew the numbers, knew the score, knew it was back in April when the hosts last had a clean sheet and scored two goals at Anfield. So, in the shadow of the new stand, everyone sat in the shadow of their fears.
Whatever names were on the teamsheet, Liverpool had to come out swinging. Had to swagger. Had to smack the fears away — if only temporarily. The starting 11 consisted of talent worth over £130million against a side positioned 65 places below the Reds. A side, who as their manager admitted, had been “conceding goals for fun” in League Two. But a strong selection did little to shift the mood. After 34 minutes, most on the pitch did little but frustrate and falter. It all seemed as hopeless as the stream of wayward shots from distance. Anfield was uncomfortable and restless. After penalties, after the win, it remained as such.
Draws and victories now wear a mask of defeat. It’s not fun for anyone, anymore.
Something has got to change. Something has got to give.
The manager and his coaching staff are backed into a corner, and the players can’t even take the damn things. The owners are quiet, and the fans are loudly miserable. There was a treble of boos at Anfield on Wednesday night, not the kind of hat-trick you’d associate with Liverpool, but one that could seemingly get more pronounced.
Supporters deserve better than the stench of despair and desperation. The players deserve better than to have uncertainty clouding over them. Rodgers deserves better than to stand in his technical area, get pelted with personal abuse, and have two fingers furiously stuck out towards him.
It’s not fun for anyone, anymore. Over to you, FSG.
If the owners are still determined to stick by the 42-year-old, they need to state it — and state it strongly. If they are seeking a replacement, they need to swiftly and tactfully wave ta ra to Rodgers and get their new man in. If they’re unsure of their next move, then they can’t be surprised when the club are equally as indecisive on the pitch.
The silence heightens restlessness. It continues to confuse those inside and outside Melwood. It is only good for the endless clicks on the endless stories about how much pressure the manager is under and who will replace him. Great for the rumour mill. And even better for those who will assess the situation, and view Liverpool’s predicament as the perfect platform to promote the interests of their clients. In cases such as these, managers get linked with the club much like players during silly season: some are genuinely interested, and others use it as bait to bring in the offer they really want, to stay relevant or to create a demand.
The links to Ancelotti cannot be accidental. Neither is the timing of sources today claiming Jurgen Klopp is willing to cut short his sabbatical to work in the Premier League. More names will drop in, but just remember to have your pinch of salt ready as you do during the transfer window. Hell, in times like these, throw in a few tequilas and slices of lemon.
Where does all this leave Brendan? Exactly where he is — game to game, in survival mode. Consumed by worries and doubts. Reading about his future, hearing about his potential successors, fielding abuse. He may win matches, but he won’t be able to win back the majority of the fanbase.
He’ll know it. He’ll feel it.
The air of inevitability is thick and thorough.
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Tony Evans and Si Hughes seem to think that FSG are defo not interested in Klopp.
Why would they be??? He’s only a manager who can lead a squad with a clear vision and win shit on a budget!! Why would we want one of them?!!!!!
I really hope FSG change their minds because up to now they have shown they know fuck all about football. Who was it that “warned them off” Klopp?? And what was the reasoning?? My bet, it was down to control and money.
Their next managerial appointment will tell you everything you need to know about FSGs ambition for this club. Success for FSG = money. Success for the fans = silverware.
Perhaps the same people who warned them off Benitez. Although I suspect we know who two of THEM were.
They would warn FSG against hiring the reincarnation of Paisley and Shankly if it means to protect Rodgers job.
I know this may seem a bit of a simplification of both your article and the current situation. But it’s just shit not winning. Shit not scoring goals and a lot shittier when thats against a team with the worst defence in League 2. Thats the worst defence. In League2. Thats Division 4 in old money. Urgh, it doesn’t get much uglier does it.
My only fear is that if they do decide to remove Rodgers that they will go for a Gary Monk or Alex Neil. I have nothing against those managers, both perfectly good and will probably have very good managerial careers but I don’t think they can underestimate both the division in the fanbase and the magnitude of the job at hand. It calls for an experienced, proven manager with a powerful personality that the club can rally around. Either way, both the club and Rodgers need this settling for the mental stability of everyone involved.
Well written as usual, Melissa.
My take is that FSG need to pull the trigger now before this deteriorates any further.
This club appears rudderless at present and Rodgers is only one symptom of the malaise.
As per the the previous poster, the name of the next appointment will give us a clear indication of the priorities of FSG.
Why are you so keen on Klopp Michael? Had a decent side that won things in Germany? He had the 2nd biggest budget and won things when Bayern were in a transition phase. Once order was resumed the trophies stopped. Great character I don’t think his CV is a patch on Ancelloti’s.
Because he wins shit on a budget.
Just for the record I’m not all out for Klopp but our next appointment needs to be of his ilk. I’d be more than happy with Ancellotti either.
Ancelotti isn’t coming anywhere near us. Klopp is probably the most successful manager we’d get close to. Anyone better would laugh in FSG’s face. We’re a mid-table side that tends to finish below Spurs. We’re shit in Europe and we have four far wealthier clubs in our own division.
Either side and during Dortmunds league titles, Munich appeared in 3 champions league finals. I would love Liverpool to be in that kind of transition.
If true, why aren’t FSG interested in Klopp? Much as I like Ancelotti I think Klopp would be perfect for us right now. But, what do we know as fans, right?
It’s a great article Melissa. But its worth pointing out, that Daniel Sturridge is only just arriving back into the set up. Its also worth noting there was a huge sway of positivity post the Arsenal game. West ham have proven a tough nut to crack, United is United. Historically the league cup can be a banana skin, you are on a hiding to nothing. They bring 6000, the players are playing the game of their lives, and the mitigating circumstances of our form…its not surprising.
I’d give us 5 more games to notch up some goals, let the luck of Lovren being injured settle in, and allow Firmnino to get up to speed as hes showed signs of recently. A bit of luck 3 goals and a victory things could look very different.
Injuries to Lovren and Benteke may just force a different type of set up, and weve seen the benefits for Ings right away.
We need to relax, and stay firm. Tough times, but hes turned it around on numerous occasions. Give him a chance to gain momentum with Sturridge, Ings, Coutinho, and Sturridge on the pitch.
But how many times do we have to tolerate his ‘ he’s turned it around before’ trick??
This is his fourth fucking season! Why should we tolerate a complete injection of 6-7 new players each season just because he got it wrong the previous one. Pure madness!
My biggest gripe with him is the fact he is incapable of identifying a decent player and getting the maximum out of him.
90 % of his signings regress under his ‘stewardship’.
A decent man but so far out of his depth we have become a laughing stock.
Get rid now!
I’ve said several times under other articles that I believe we have the talent in our squad to finish top 4 this season. However we also have a manager who doesn’t know how to get the best out of these players. How many players have been played out of position this season?? How many formations have we played already?? It s not working and he doesn’t know what to do. The players bought this summer were not bought to play a 3-5-2. There is no clear vision any more.
Everybody needs to take a deep breath and calm down. Give the manager some time to sort it out. Remember, at the start of 2013/14 we didn’t look like world beaters. It was December/Arsenal before the performances started to really click.
To date we have seen flashes of what this side is capable of. The injury to Hendo was unfortunate, we can see how important he is to the side when he is absent from it. Plenty of new players adjusting to new teammates and a new league. It’s September for god’s sake. Let’s all get behind the manager and give him a chance to bring life to his vision. If results/performances haven’t improved by xmas that will be a different story.
What is his vision Dave??
That’s the formations played this season so far with many players playing out of position. How do these new players settle if they’re constantly played out of position or in a new formation every week??
There is no vision Dave, that’s the problem.
This is season 4. Not 1. Not 2. Season 4.
West Ham ‘have proven a tough nut to crack’!!???
Hadn’t won at Anfield for 52 years – they’ve been real fucking tough.
You are definitely a Bluenose wind up merchant, Ray lad.
If Ken Dodd is reading this, he’ll be laughing his fucking head off as you’re supplying all the material for his next Xmas show.
2 sturridges? Well now you might have a point….
Oh and also this Klopp adoration, is a bit silly. He’s not going to change the Policies of FSG.
What policies? Remember that FSG preferred a DoF approach, which they squashed to hire Rodgers.
Well Melissa that just about sums things up perfectly.I was saying something similar a few days ago.
Where does it leave us,never mind Rodgers? At the moment it seems highly unlikely but if we won the next two or three games comfortably would normal service be resumed?What would it take?Four or five games?Five or six?
And even if that happened would Rodgers get the credit or would the word on the street be that it was all down to Gary Mac?
It’s looking like a no win situation for us, Rodgers and FSG just now.
But it’s nothing that seven or eight good wins on the trot can’t sort!
Pierre, unfortunately – The club keep selling our best players. The reality is it is proven time and time again if you don’t pay the best wages for the best players you finish accordingly.
This doesn’t fit into FSG’s policy, who want a manager to come in and squeeze juice out of the orange that is already dry. Such is the task, you end up with the rubix cube approach switching and changing all the time to find a solution.
But it’s not just down to FSG selling our best players.
My issue is the complete hit or miss [usually the latter] approach to the transfer market every fucking season!
We pocket a huge wad of cash from Suarez and blow it on the likes of Markovic, Balotelli, Lambert et al. One season later these are no longer even around!
What kind of fucking transfer strategy is that??
Who scouts these players? Because they should be crucified for the shite brought in?
And I don’t buy the ‘Rodgers has his hands tied by the transfer committee’ bollocks.
He is the one who insisted on his first signing being Borini – ‘edge of the seat signing’ was the managers statement preceding signing that carthorse. Likewise Allen, Aspas. Luis Alberto … it goes on and on every season.
The bottom line is that Rodgers has been given the largest amount of cash to spend
in LFC history. He has bought garbage with that cash for the most part.
All trust in this fella is gone and I would not allow him anywhere near the checkbook again.
If this fiasco is allowed to continue, the legacy to LFC will be far more damaging in the long term than even the Owl’s.
Well since you are privvy to how the transfer committee works. How can I argue. But from where im sitting you are doing lots of ranting and screaming without and decent coherent alternative.
Since all of these wonderful players we should be signing (who have to want to come by the way) are lying around Europe wanting to play for us and snob larger wage offers in bigger capitals, I rekon you should share your vision.
On Borini, Rogers made a call it didnt work, he wasnt good enough, Ballotelli, was a last minute gamble due to Sanchez choosing Arsenal.
Anyway, you’ve got the floor you sound like you’ve got the cash and the answers?
sacking Rogers might make a few people feel better – but the bigger picture?
Well, Ray, I’ll ignore your snideness if ok with you.
Go ahead and continue to support this mediocrity from your armchair in Canada/USA/Australia as you patently don’t go the game.
Ignore Ray’s alleged snideyness if you wish but please address the excellent points he made.
And your OOT comment just smacks of an ad hominem to avoid answering the poster.
Really? Evade several salient points if you wish but don’t pretend to be all-knowing in your accessment of transfer policy. Eg Balotelli was clearly thrust upon the manager after losing out on Sanchez, then opting away from Remi.
I’d say it’s pretty clear what pierre is getting at. Ray is coming across as making excuses for a man that’s into his forth season, yet looking more like he’s just arrived. Rodgers has been found out. He has no plan. He has no direction. He has a lot of houses and will probably be laughing all the way to the bank with a £7m or so cheque and never needing to work again. Those that believe Rodgers will miraculously turn things around are happy the club drifts into mid-table shite. When you see the rot, cut it out. I only hope that goes beyond Rodgers up to the very top.
What’s the amount of property he owns in any way related to the football we’re playing??????
It’s in no way relevant.
I didn’t see it as making excuses for Rodgers.
More that he is concerned with the transfer committee and overall commitment from the owners and whether this would hinder even a manager of Klopp or Ancelotti’s renown.
Salient points, so why the need for the dismissive US/Canadia/Australia jibe from Pierre?
Could he not have simply engaged in the discussion attempted to be started?
Pierre, thank you!!
My issue with rodgers was day one…. Should never have been appointed, simple as that!
Arguably, we are as big as any club in Europe and we have a mediocre, chancer as a manager who, in his career, has won precisely….. Nothing!!!!
No credentials, no gravitas, no presence… Just a stream of shallow cliches used as appeasements…. His transfer record is shambolic…what about.. ” I’m going to build my team around you Jonjo” and sold him a year later for 50p… Wanted to sell Henderson to Fulham….????.. Agger and Gerrard shunned from the club… Lovren?.. Markovic.. Borini… Aspas… All are absolute Dogshit!!… The list is endless.
I don’t know how the fucker sleeps at night….. But he will happily accept £80 Large a week!!
We are a mess, we are an embarrassment, we are easy to beat and that little prick is entirely responsible.
FSG FFS get rid now!!!
Does anyone not remember that when FSG took over we had mountains of debt loaded upon us by Hicks and Gillet? That you can accuse Rodgers of squandering £300M is actually a testament to how good FSG have been to this club! Do you not remember that we were days from literally going into administration before they stepped in? We could only dream of spending this kind of money under the old regime. Yet some ungrateful “fans” want FSG out. Do you know a Qatari billionaire that wants to buy an English side and pay outrageous wages? Yeah… Neither do I. So when you criticise the manager and FSG, remember that this is a long-term partnership. They are spending their own money, not yours! Remember that when you demand Ancelloti and a player on Messi wages per week.
“They are spending their own money, not yours!” Are they? Or are they spending money the club generates? Money from the gate, from the shop and merchandise, from TV deals which we indirectly pay for by paying subscriptions…
Balotelli was a last minute gamble? Because LFC didn’t have a plan to replace Suarez? Everyone with a pulse knew Suarez would be headed towards Barca, or Spain at the least, soon enough. Why? His wife is from there. And the best players in the world seem to all end up there, eventually. It’s criminal that there was no plan to replace Suarez. And to replace him with a guy like Balotelli? Suarez might be a head case but he scored goals like few others. Balotelli hasn’t scored enough to make the other stuff worthwhile to endure. And that’s not even mentioning the transfer strategy over all.
Exactly. LFC didn’t have a plan. That means the committee, scouts and owners. As well as Rodgers.
How exactly did they go from Sanchez to Remi to Balotelli? And then expect Rodgers to work miracles with a player cast off by umpteen managers – even those with lauded man-management skills?
The club have now lost Gerrard and Sterling through mis-management and/or lack of communication or forward thinking.
Many of these things are (under the current set-up) beyond the manager’s control.
Ray, You make some fair points but lose it with the sniping;
Sanchez – Well what happened? We had an unbelievable bargaining chip in Louis. We knew quite early if Louis was leaving why was there no alternative?
How can you possibly defend a manager who goes in to a season with one left back (Enrique was on his way out) who he didnt fancy? It couldnt have been money as we bought two more No.10’s.
Were was the planning for the leaving of Carra, Louis, Raheem & Stevie? If we give him the benefit of the doubt and say that FSG got rid for money or other reasons then shouldnt he have stood up to them by now? It can only go on, Phillipe next?
3+ years is enough to put a squad together. Unfortunately we are back to square one so some new ideas wouldnt go amiss.
When the age of the squad is taken into account and the possible progression therein. I don’t believe Rodgers has built a bad squad.
I do think he should be getting more out of it and that he has got things wrong in both personnel and position strengthening.
Which of LFC’s illustrious manager’s didn’t?
I don’t think, however, that the manager can be blamed for failing to sign Sanchez. As you say, it was LFC that had the chips, not
Rodgers. He doesn’t negotiate wages or bonuses.
The last minute madness was down to Rodgers not getting his second choice, Bony, because he wanted over 100k. Straight from The Echo. Rodgers has to pay the price for that miserly approach. Did Ancelotti ever have to deal with that? Klopp had Gotze and Lewandowski sold off and finished in 7th. Which is more or less where Dortmund were his first two years.
Every year Dortmund lost one of their best players but he and Dortmund found a way to stay competitive. I think he can be allowed 1 bad season.
I am a big fan of Klopp. In the Bundesliga, however, Borussia Dortmund only had to usurp one or possibly two teams with higher squad costs and wage bills (an accepted barometer for success in the PL).
At LFC, Klopp would have 3 of Europe’s 5 highest payers to compete with alongside the continual Arsenal.
We should be finishing above Spurs most seasons but they are currently finishing above us 5 outta the last 6 seasons. That’s then only a small jump to finishing top 4 on a consistent basis. Consistently finishing top 4 then allows us to attract a better calibre of player which is the fundamental base to consistently challenging for the title. Is Klopp that man?? Very possibly.
I believe so. I think Klopp could become a long-term love affair. So much of it seems instinctively to fit. I would be buzzing.
I’m just a little concerned that we are often expecting more than hoping. Will we do the same under A new manager.
5the best squad. Probarguably. Yet we demand 4th and a trophy of them.
Why don’t you mention they were 13th when he took over and he had his best players stripped from him prior to Gotze and Lewandowski? Sahin was sold to Madrid and he won the league the following year. Kagawa went to United and he still reached the final of the champions league.
It amazes me people excuse our complete mediocrity since the sale of our best player in Suarez, yet find holes in a man who had his best players sold virtually every year and maintained levels of excellence for four years.
People also want to overlook that Rodgers has had more money in one summer to spend than Klopp had in his entire Dortmund career. Maybe, just maybe, a proven winner domestically and someone who knows what they are doing in Europe, who has achieved what he has on a small budget, with a director of football and with having his stars sold off every year might just do very well for Liverpool. He certainly wouldn’t do any worse than the current incumbant.
To be honest if I was him I wouldnt come here, not with fans so eager to lambast his CV without even being appointed. I’d go to Munich, win another few titles, probably a european cup then go to Madrid or City or another elite club, which LFC certainly hasn’t been for a long time, and do the same. That would leave Liverpool fans (probably the same ones who got rid of Rafa, another league and european cup champion) feeling a bit silly about having backed Rodgers in 2015 over him.
I could also mention that he relegated Mainz and never got them out.
And Rodgers lost Suarez AND Sturridge last season (and FSG parsimony led directly to Sterling’s lack of focus and subsequent sale.
Look at Rodgers record with Sturridge in the side, even last season. With at least one quality striker, he has always maintained CL form.
FSG got it very wrong trying to cut corners last season, but has made amends. Rodgers deserves a chance to prove what he can do with Sturridge and Benteke.
Or I could mention that when he became manager at Mainz they were one place above relegation To the third tier of german football and in his time there brought them to 11th in the top flight, had a UEFA Cup campaign and when he did leave they were 4th in bundesliga 2, meaning they were still in a far healthier state when he left than when he took over.
Rodgers lost Suarez and Sturridge you say? He’s also had 290 million quid to build a squad and during that time has won nothing. Meanwhile Klopp lost Barrios, Sahin, Kagawa, Gotze and Lewandowski and never had anything like 290 million, yet won two league titles, an FA Cup and reached a quarter final and a final of the champions league.
You want to keep playing this game? Because Klopp wins every single time. I mean honestly, bringing up that Mainz got relegated after he had got them promoted and ignoring what he achieved in his first job in football management? Desperation. Perhaps we should compare and contrast Rodgers at Watford and Reading with Klopp at Mainz? Because we already know how Dortmund vs Liverpool plays out.
My point is not to denigrate Klopp, just to suggest that it is still very much a gamble.
I will say though that the 300m figure is tossed around without mentioning the massive disparity in wages on offer from our rivals,
This gamble talk is infuriating. Its only a few, but how can some people not see that it is a far bigger gamble to keep Rodgers than appoint Klopp or Ancelotti or de Boer etc? What’s that all about?
Gambling is about percentages. Right now we are 4/1 in places to finish top 4 – thats 20%. If we appoint someone like Klopp right away we become more likely to finish top 4, especially given his record for first year massive improvement. The bookies would immediately shave a point off our price, maybe clip it into 5/2. But we’ll take 3/1. Thats a 25% chance. So where is the gamble in sacking Rodgers and appointing a clearly significantly better manager? Its nonsense, outdated pap.
Im glad you mention wages, because thats how you know the gamble is to keep Rodgers and not get rid.
Our wage bill for 14/15 was 144m. Southamptons was 55m. We finished 2 points ahread of them with nearly three times their salary. You will also have noticed they lost quite a few star players, had a new manager and didnt have 100m to spend like we did.
Spurs wagebill was 100m and they funished ahead of us. Arsenals was 166m, only 22m more than us, yet they finished with 13 more points. Chelseas was 193m & they finished 25 points clear of us. This is where I ask you to look again at Southamptons wage, the disparity between them and us, compare that to the much smaller difference between us and chelsea then compare the points totals between all 3 clubs. A reminder – this is just wages and not fees paid in the transfer market, where not only did we have a higher spend than Southampton, but chelsea too.
All this highlights the piss poor job Rodgers has done. Bottom line is we could employ Joe Bloggs and we’d come top 7 because of wages. Klopp is no Joe Bloggs.
Mainz were a team in div2 that he got promoted and if I remember right qualified for Europe for the first time in their history. He was 36 when he took them over. Record at Mainz 109 wins, 78 draws, 83 loses. Ask Mainz supporters what they think of him?
I guess a 40% win ratio is strong for that level, and roughly equal to Rodgers at Swansea.
Klopp has a record of 179-69-70 at Dortmund. Rodgers has a record of 82-39-42 here.
For me, and I admit I’m at last straws myself, I find the most useful record to be how he has performed with Sturridge in the side. I see that as a “at least one quality striker” barometer. And that record is 41-15-12.
I recognize that most supporters have already seen the ship sail, but that record for me still has enough credit left in the bank to see him to December. If he can last that long with the toxicity is another matter, I suppose. But I think that’s what he deserves, and what is best for the club in the circumstances.
We can’t still be relying on Sturridge to save everything. It’s far from a healthy place to be. Last Dec/Jan people were saying the same thing, “Sturridge will be back soon”. Well we know how that finished up. Sturridge has always had fitness problems. Yes he’s a fantastic player but if we want to be consistently near the top of the table then we need to be better than 1 player.
Thing is we have quality players at our disposal now, the manager can’t get the best outta them though.
I think it is fairly safe to assume that for Rodgers ‘dug-out’ has morphed into ‘fox-hole’. It will be a tough gig for him to climb out of it and face the barrage awaiting him at Anfield against Villa.
Even Melissa has chucked it Who will be last man standing in La la land ? Will it be Walter or will it be Ray?
Probably me.;) YNWA
Pierre I’m from Liverpool lad! Not that it would matter to a normal logical human. Separate your emotion from the reality……la!
Then your views are even more disturbing, Ray lad [closet Blue on a windup?].
Any local brought up on LFC usually prides himself on knowing what good football is all about.
The pure, unadulterated shite served up post Suarez is not exactly keeping with our best traditions. Rodgers has had plenty of time and money to get things at least moving in the right direction.
Since United at home last April I wouldn’t trust him to manage Linacre Lane Gasworks.
It wasn’t just post-Suarez though was it?
Losing Sturridge was always going to be curtains for the season. Especially on top of a team of younguns, PL newbies, a last-legs captain, head-wronged centre-back and head-turned starlet.
60 goals is not always easy to replace.
Could/should we have punted for Lacazette, Higuain..? Is it FSG policy?
Or is it rather,
“Work out Mario. Sanchez wants bigger lights, Remi is…”
“Blood this Lazar potential.”
“See if Athletico or Barca have let one slip slip through the net.”
No sniping fellas just honesty.
Corrected – delusional
As sick as I am about hearing about Rodgers, I’m more annoyed about FSG.. No interest in us, or football in general.. It just about the money it brings. The only difference between them and the other two Cowboys is they actually put a spade in the ground.. (Half arsed cheaper option than new stadium). Think it’s time they feel the force of the fans backlash and not just Rodgers, who’s a decent man, just in over his head!!
I’ll be keeping a close eye on their next appointment.
It will tell you everything about their ambition for this club.
I am excited by the prospect of Ancelotti taking on the challenge of mining for raw youth talent to polish into diamonds. If anyone can get the best out of Sheyi Ojo and Samer Yesil, it is Big Carlo.
After Milan in their pomp, Chelsea, RSG, Real Madrid, it seems almost logical that he would come here to work shoulder to shoulder with Ian Ayre, Dave Fallows, Michael Edwards, and don’t forget Barry Hunter.
Oh, and Michael Brown, of course. I’m sure he’ll be ready to scrap the whole wage structure once we’ve got a proven manager that can attract players like Christiano Ronaldo. If Man City, Man United, and Chelsea think they’ve cornered the market on open cheque books, they’d better think again.
Do you write for Ken Dodd too?
You are right and the next appointment , if there is to be one shortly, will tell us everything about FSG and their ambitions or lack thereof for our club.
If they appointment another unproven manager then what we already suspect given the appointment of Rodgers in the first place will be evident for all to see.
As such, this is really a defining moment in the history of LFC. Are FSG happy for us to sit mid table while they rake in the cash ? Or do they have real ambitions for the club ? What they do next will settle this question once and for all. And if it’s the former how will the fans react ? this may be just the start of many battles to come. Whatever happens, fan ownership really has to be the ultimate goal to put an end to the merry go round.
FSG needs to take immediate action (either one):
1. Publicly back BR. OR
2. Replace BR
staying quiet will not do any good.
i respect FSG. they have written checks after checks (US spelling, lads) every transfer window. they have taken professional step by step approach to grow the club and reinstate the hights where we belong. it wont happen overnight. but it is in the right direction.
with the backingbof FSG, i hope BR can turn around and take us to top 4 this year and league title next year.
(note: i am just a simple Reds fan fr Dubai. no association with FSG).
Net spend on average of 20 mil.. The heights of 7th or 8th..
Yeah FSG fuckin boss la!
‘The starting 11 consisted of talent worth over £130million against a side positioned 65 places below the Reds. A side, who as their manager admitted, had been “conceding goals for fun”’
That’s probably why we didn’t win. There’s no fun to be had at Anfield these days. Marine could do us over and their players on the team bus would spend the journey home feeling like they had picked up a penny and lost a pound.
Well Melissa you’ve inspired comedy gold here.
Just ‘re-read all the above comments and picture Harry Enfield’ s scousers.
Dee doo do Don’t Dee do!
Pierre, I was fortunate enough to go the match during the 80’s when we were winning the lot. You miss the point of my post.
A lot of hysteria surrounding the manager. And a lot of apparent certainty that Klopp is the answer to all our problems. The manager has made a lot of mistakes, but hes also produced some of the best football we have seen in decades.
My point is that there needs to be some realism. It is ok to be disappointed with the current situation, no one is more disappointed than me – like others this football club engulfs large portions of my life. The problems at liverpool football club extend beyond the manager – who will ultimately pay the price.
We have an incoherent transfer policy, an ownership that is ever distancing its self from the fanbase, an inability to get the very best players, a ridiculous turnover of players, most of which end up on loan the following season.
what we are in fact seeing is that the money ball model of casting the net wide enough to unearth gems is flawed – in football anyway.
a new manager may inject a short term upturn in fortunes in terms of motivation and vigour, but the systemic problems will always remain.
If you want my opinion, FSG do as much as they need to – they have a net spend ring fenced, and the commercial revenues keep flowing. The new mainstand is a welcome addition on the face of it. But it is economic based, rather than vision and fan access based.
once its finished, we are ripe for selling. Or ripe for milking which ever way you want to look at it.
Jurgen Klopp, Ancelotti, or jesus chrsits wont change any of that.
No problem, mate.
I started going in the early 70’s as a kid.
Frustration and emotional detachment aside, I’ve never felt this bad as a L’pool fan concerning how this club is run. And the manager, for me, is a big part of the problem
I still maintain Rodgers is out of his depth and had the good fortune of inheriting a fella who played out of his skin to get his dream move to Barca.
The way we are playing now is truly ‘shit on a stick’ and I believe the manager has been well and truly found out.
Can FSG just pull the trigger and save all of us this unnecessary negativity.
Good article. Nailed it. Especially with the followign:
“It’s not fun for anyone, anymore. Over to you, FSG. If the owners are still determined to stick by the 42-year-old, they need to state it — and state it strongly. If they are seeking a replacement, they need to swiftly and tactfully wave ta ra to Rodgers and get their new man in. If they’re unsure of their next move, then they can’t be surprised when the club are equally as indecisive on the pitch.”