Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has said that Liverpool have got a big decision to make in the summer when it comes to the future of their manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers has fallen under ever-increasing pressure in recent weeks after seeing his side knocked out of the FA Cup by Aston Villa in the semi-finals - meaning he has yet to win a trophy during his three seasons in charge - and overseeing two Premier League outings that have seen the Reds fail to score against both West Bromwich Albion and Hull City to leave their chances of securing a second successive season in the Champions League lying in tatters.
Keown also suggested a couple of small decisions that could have had an effect on the team's season may be coming back to haunt Rodgers, as well as a transfer outlay in excess of £100 million in the summer transfer window following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
In his Tackle Keown column for the Daily Mail, Keown said: "There is no doubting his tactical prowess and his innovation. He has improved players and works very well with them on the touchline. There have been plenty of good things about Rodgers’ time in charge, but his transfer signings have to be questioned. They were fantastic when they challenged for the title but he was not able to persuade Steven Gerrard to stay and that will leave a huge hole at the club next season. And it is strange that as the side have faltered Rodgers has still been telling us all his team have been outstanding.
"If Liverpool were still in the FA Cup that might have eased the pressure but that is another factor. Even little things like allowing Jordan Ibe to be cup-tied could go against him. If Ibe was sent out on loan with the intention to come back and play for Liverpool, then surely the FA Cup is a competition he should have been earmarked for? So why was he allowed to be cup-tied? It’s only a small point but they build up and it might have given Brendan another option at Wembley."
With Jurgen Klopp leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season and former manager Rafa Benitez out of contract at Napoli, the rumour mill surrounding Rodgers' future is in full swing.
Having no trophies to his name so far isn't doing much to aid his cause, while not even being in the title race this season after coming so close to winning it last term means that he has failed to meet the expectations of some - which were inevitably higher in August than they were at the same time last term.
There is also the case of what Rodgers comes out with. Sometimes he can say things that could be put better when describing lacklustre performances. In attempting to describe a 0-0 draw with West Brom as ‘outstanding’, he really isn’t helping himself.