Five things learned from Liverpool's humiliating defeat: Rodgers, Allen & Sterling feature

Five conclusions after the Reds' 3-0 loss at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. Is time running out for Brendan Rodgers?

Brendan Moyes?

With Liverpool's season so far being worse than Manchester United's under David Moyes last season, many United fans have started to ironically call Brendan Rodgers 'a footballing genius.'

And the similarities between Rodgers this term and Moyes last campaign are uncanny.

Just what was the Northern Irishman playing at today? Why was Joe Allen on the pitch, why didn't he start with a striker and, as always, why on Earth did he pretend Liverpool weren't utterly terrible in his post-match press conference? It could be curtain for the Reds boss soon if he continues to play dumb and pretend everything is rosy while he makes bad decision after bad decision.

The worst thing is: against Basel, Rodgers needed to win and parked the bus - but played an open, expansive game at Old Trafford to leave his side totally exposed...

There is no place for Joe Allen

Speaking of Allen, the Welshman must be shown the door at Anfield in January. He has let the club down miserably with his most recent performances and today was the worst of a bad bunch.

As if Liverpool's back four weren't bad enough, Allen allowed Antonio Valencia to nutmeg and skip past him before setting up the first goal. That is absolutely dire.

The approach in training must be questioned

Since the first day of the season, the Reds have not improved. There has been no addressing of their defensive problems, no addressing of midfield issues - and Daniel Sturridge has now been injured for months, which means Liverpool should have adapted a plan B without him by now.

What exactly goes on in training? Does Rodgers do anything with his players? Or does he just do this...

Liverpool have no options

Of the many struggles the Anfield side suffered at Old Trafford, something that was striking was the Reds' lack of options coming off the bench. After £100 million or so worth of summer investment, Rodgers could only turn to the struggling Mario Balotelli and 20-year-old Lazar Markovic to change the game.

Obviously, they didn't. And there is a real dearth of other alternatives on Merseyside right now.

Too much pressure on Sterling

Had Raheem Sterling put away three golden chances today, however, it could have been a completely different game. But he didn't - and his confidence is clearly suffering right now.

There is too much pressure on the youngster, who is Liverpool's biggest threat and is over-relied on by Rodgers and co at Anfield. That pressure is resulting in Sterling missing chance after chance that he would have put away with ease last season.

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