Speaking exclusively to HITC Sport, former Liverpool midfielder John Wark has said Brendan Rodgers needs a strong start to next season and top quality summer signings to avoid being sacked.
There is a lot of discontent among Liverpool fans with some thinking Rodgers has had enough time in charge, and after a dramatic fall in performances this season they look likely to finish outside of the Champions League places.
There have been calls from some quarters for Rodgers to be dismissed before next season, allowing another man to come in and bring the players he thinks Liverpool need to the club.
But Wark thinks the owners will allow Rodgers one more attempt at rebuilding the team before pushing him out, although the Scotsman has spoken to a lot of people who disagree with him.
“I think they will give him another year and see how the beginning of next season goes, but some people don’t think – especially speaking to other ex-players – he will be there," he said.
“If he doesn’t start well then it will cost a fortune getting rid of them, and then getting someone else in, and then they might not like the players he’s bought, so it’s a very big decision to make.
“But I think they will wait to see what the signings are like, and see if they can get part of the way to where they want to be, but they’ve still got a bit to do.”
Wark believes that it is the acquisitions from the summer that have left Rodgers’ side with ‘a bit to do,’ and he thinks the way the manager has talked in recent times in press conferences hints that he will still be in charge next campaign when Champions League qualification will again be the target.
“Some players aren’t good enough to play and they’ve let the team down, but Rodgers is talking as if he is going to be allowed to rebuild the team over the summer.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of the Liverpool players that I played with and they all think they’ve been poor, I think there will be a lot of changes for next year.”
“People look at a big club like Liverpool and you’ve got to be winning things or at least qualifying for the Champions League and it hasn’t happened.”