When Brendan Rodgers first took over at Liverpool I think it is safe to say that the jury was well and truly out on this appointment.
Many fans deemed the sacking of “The King”, Kenny Dalglish, as a wrong move, but was that just because of his status at the club?
Rodgers quickly turned around a lot of opinions with encouraging words during his early interviews. With Rodgers about to change the style of football at Liverpool which seemed to be successful the previous year at Swansea he refused to make promises on where Liverpool would be within a specific timeframe.
Instead he simply promised he would do his utmost to get Liverpool back to where they belong, this air of honesty seemed to go down very well amongst most Liverpool fans.
Starting their fourth consecutive season with a new manager Liverpool got off to their worst ever start in over 50 years with performances being very inconsistent, however fans still got behind Rodgers and his men because they could see what the team was trying to do and when they got it right they were a match for anyone.
After ending 2012 with some excellent performances that coveted fourth spot was once again in the minds of many fans. However although Liverpool’s recent performances have been to a very standard their inability to kill teams off has proved to be very costly as Liverpool find themselves 12 points off the pace and look set to miss out once again.
Reds fans still remain optimistic that their beloved team is back on the rise with many promising youngsters breaking into the first team and after recent displays there are many who can disagree, but unless Rodgers buys well in the next transfer market, it could prove to be his downfall.
Many of Rodgers’ signings so far have yet to prove successful, Joe Allen got off to a good start but his level of performance has dipped of late, Fabio Borini has been injured for the majority of the season so far but has yet show he is going to be hit during his time at Liverpool.
Oussama Assaidi has failed to force his way into the squad, and Nuri Sahin lasted less than six months before he was allowed to terminate his loan and re-join Borussia Dortmund.
There is however better news on the transfer front with the duo signed in January with Daniel Sturridge getting off to a glittering start to his Liverpool career scoring a goal in each of his first three games, and netting a total of five goals in seven games, so far.
Liverpool’s latest signing, Phillipe Countinho has also hit the ground running, both scoring and making an assist on his full debut and if both players can continue this type of form, with rivals showing signs of faltering, then Liverpool may well fancy that they can sneak that fourth spot.
Will Brendan Rodgers get Liverpool back in to the Champions League within the next couple of years?
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