Liverpool fans are undoubtedly the most impassioned, vocal and supportive of their team – they back their players and get behind the manager through trials and tragedies, triumphs and despair, alike. They are red, through and through.
However, there is a limit to how much disappointment and heartbreak they’re prepared to withstand and it must pain them to see their team struggling to finish above archrivals Everton, with no realistic hope of qualifying for Champions League next term, no cups to chase, domestic or continental, and the threat of losing their best player this summer.
I wouldn’t want to be a Liverpool fan right now but, it could be worse – you could be a Liverpool manager right now. I have asserted my firm belief many times this season that, despite his best efforts and an uncontested will to do his best, Brendan Rodgers simply isn’t good enough to manage a club like Liverpool FC.
He didn’t have the credentials in the first place and his inexperience at the top level has been abundantly clear this term – he’s been exposed as tactically naïve on several occasions and out of his depth for the majority of the season.
He may get away with it for now, with fans willing to be patient for the sake of stability, and being forgiving due to 'transition', but how long will that last.
One man who has overachieved this term is Rodgers’ replacement at Swansea City – Michael Laudrup. With the bare minimum of resources he’s secured the Swans' Premier League safety first and foremost, taken them all the way to the League Cup final, beating the champions of Europe, and won the final in sensational style.
He brought in one of the best players in the league this term in Michu – for £2 million from Rayo Vallecano – he’s been astute on every level this term and must surely be a real contender for Manager of the Year.
His history and incredible talent as a player has yet to be paralleled in his managerial career but, if he carries on going in this manner, it won’t be long before he’s being headhunted by everyone and everyone, even Real Madrid.
Michael Laudrup would be a great signing for Liverpool FC and, you never know, perhaps the Swans would agree for a swap deal to send Rodgers back in the other direction.
Liverpool fans, would you swap Rodgers for Laudrup? Or are you in fact happy with the present manager?
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