Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is once again under pressure after a shock defeat at home to West Ham United. Rodgers has been under the microscope at Liverpool ever since failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and now fans have begun speculating how long before the Northern Ireland manager is sacked.
Brendan Rodgers started the season relatively well with two victories and a draw away to Arsenal last week. But Liverpool fans are now worried that those past performances could have been an early season fluke. Liverpool lost 3-0 to West Ham at Anfield for the first time since 1963. Even more worrying was the manner of the defeat.
After Liverpool’s loss to West Ham, Brendan Rodgers commented on the performance. Rodgers told Liverpoolfc.tv, “We were disappointing today.”
“We arrived into the game with confidence high but when you give away a goal so early in the game, it gave West Ham the boost and the lift that they needed, because they have shown in their two games away from home now that they can sit in and defend in a low block well. That seemed to set us back a bit. We obviously then conceded a second goal, which was difficult to take. All of a sudden we were right up against it.”
The Reds now have a negative goal difference and will face their heated rivals Manchester United next at Old Trafford, without playmaker Philippe Coutinho after receiving two yellow cards against West Ham.
“Coutinho getting sent off, which I thought was extremely harsh, set us back. From that first period in the game, we never really got going. It was the overall performance. I felt we disappointed right from the off, really. Once we conceded that early goal, we just couldn’t get back into the game again. Our overall performance with and without the ball will be much better in the future. Up until today, the morale and confidence has been really high and we’ve been developing and improving. We know today a lot of it was self-inflicted in relation to the result. We gave poor goals away and that was the biggest disappointment.”
Borussia Dortmund’s former manager, Jürgen Klopp, is now 2/1 favorites according to British bookmaker PaddyPowers. Klopp is currently unattended however, and it is unlikely that the Boston-based FSG will go after the German in the near future given their public backing of Rodgers this summer.
Will Liverpool hang on to Brendan Rodgers for the remainder of the season?
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