Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he is now favorite to be sacked.
Rodgers was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s match with Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday. Having performed fantastically last season, as Liverpool fought Manchester City all the way for the Premier League title only to fall agonisingly short of their rivals’ total, Rodgers’ side have been decidedly mediocre this campaign.
This has led many to assume that Brendan Rodgers is under immense pressure, with some even suggesting that he has a handful of games to prove that he is the right man to lead the club forward.
And Rodgers has seemingly admitted that this is the case. According to BBC News, Rodgers declared that he is “favorite for the sack.”
“A few months ago I was the manager of the year, now I’m favorite to get the sack. It’s part and parcel of this wonderful life of working in football.”
Rodgers is trying not to get bogged down by this speculation though, and he has explained that he is only looking forward to the immediate future.
“All you can do is focus on the immediate job, on what you can control. For me, it’s about working with the players, providing even more clarity in their roles and the function of the team.”
Liverpool have put in some abject performances this season. In fact, they have actually only picked up one point from their last four games. The are now 12th in the Premier League table, and they sit 18 points behind Chelsea, who are currently unbeaten and top of the league.
They have also struggled in the Champions League. They have lost to the likes of Real Madrid and Basel, but they can still qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, if they overcome their Swiss counterparts at Anfield in the last game.
There are many different and various reasons for Liverpool’s loss of form. However, the biggest one, many believe, is the absence of Luis Suarez. Brendan Rodgers sold the Uruguayan international to Barcelona in the summer for just over $110 million, and he then set about rebuilding his squad with this substantial sum of money.
Unfortunately, his side has been a shadow of the team that stormed up the Premier League table last year. Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, and Adam Lallana have failed to repay their hefty transfer fees, and now Brendan Rodgers could pay the ultimate price with his job.
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