Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari puts the boot in to Brendan Rodgers

Macari suggests he doesn't believe Rodgers was a master tactician that he was hailed as last season when the Reds finished second in the Premier League.

Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari has been amongst those willing to stick the boot into Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers this week, in particular with Luis Suarez leaving Anfield and Daniel Sturridge being unavailable for much of the season due to injury.

Macari - also a former manager of Stoke City - was commenting ahead of the Potters trip to Anfield at the weekend.

He wrote in his Stoke Sentinel column: "The best guide of how precarious a manager's position might be comes from the man himself.

"And I'm afraid it doesn't look good to see him so lost for words on television right now.

"He wasn't so lost for words last season when things were going well and everyone was praising him as the master tactician."

Macari implied that given the form of Suarez and Sturridge last season - who were responsible for 52 of their 101 Premier League goals last term - didn't really need much guidance from their manager despite not producing this kind of form elsewhere. 

He added: "Liverpool went so close to the title last season because they had one world class striker and one very good striker banging in the goals. But the sale of Luis Suarez and the long-term injury for Daniel Sturridge has left them without those goals this time round.

"Last season they would probably have been mid-table without them, this season they are mid-table without them.

"Let's be honest, last season Brendan could have sat at home all week and then turned up on a Saturday to watch those two smash in the goals and win games for Liverpool."

Harsh words given that Rodgers was voted LMA Manager of the Year last year for what he achieved, and that the duo experienced their best form under the Northern Irishman. But only results will do anything to quieten down such murmurs. 

The Reds face a huge fixture in the Champions League when they take on Ludogorets in Bulgaria tomorrow night, where a loss will see a likely exit from the competition, and it's a game where they can ill-afford to drop points in order to keep the pressure on Basel to set up a final game shootout for the place in the knockout stages when they meet at Anfield.

After that, they need to begin turning their league form around when they take on a Stoke City side who aren't exactly strangers to causing an upset this season, having been to the Etihad Stadium this season and won - but they go into the game on the back of a defeat to struggling Burnley.

Here is another case of just how badly Brendan Rodgers could do with a couple of wins.

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