The Reds boss appears to have made a mistake forcing the Dane out of Anfield.
Rodgers never seems to take responsibility when things go wrong during press conferences, while he will persist with a seemingly failed signing week after week until there is no hope at all. Tactically, meanwhile, the 41-year-old has predominantly stuck with a ‘Plan A’ during his time at Anfield and rarely looked elsewhere.
Sometimes, of course, that stubbornness works. And there have been plenty of successful coaches in history that have refused to abandon their principles.
For Rodgers this season, though, Liverpool’s situation is far too important for pride to get in the way of any possible restoration. That’s why the Northern Irishman has indeed shown his first signs of flexibility already.
More is needed, however, especially when it comes to the Reds’ back four. Liverpool’s defensive problems boil down to far more than personnel, while better set-piece defending can honestly be seen during Sunday League football.
But, player-wise, the setup is all wrong at Anfield. Rodgers let Daniel Agger go this summer having already replaced him with Dejan Lovren. And the £20 million centre-back has been nothing but trouble since he arrived at Anfield.
Statistics show the Croatian has made the most errors leading to a shot in the Premier League this campaign, while his failings have let Liverpool down at almost every opportunity. That’s not to say the Reds should write off the big money they spent on Lovren. He may come good – but he certainly needs a spell on the sidelines, preferably combined with extra training.
And where Rodgers may need to swallow his pride even more is by admitting that selling Agger was also a mistake. The Dane’s experience would be superb when it comes to helping Liverpool out this season, while the 29-year-old was not really allowed to prove himself under Rodgers even last term.
Yes, injuries held Agger back, while it may be unrealistic to prise him away from his beloved Brondby, especially when he was clearly mismanaged by Rodgers. But would it not be worth a try at least? Agger has recently admitted he misses Liverpool - and bringing a former Red back might just prove the perfect remedy for their defensive ills.