Liverpool need frank talks, change, but also Rodgers to stay

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After a disappointing season there needs to be change at Anfield, but the current manager should be given another shot.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set for talks with the club's owners Fenway Sports Group at the end of the season, after a disappointing campaign for the Merseyside outfit

Though reports such as those in the Daily Mail suggest that his job isn't on the agenda, the Reds boss has come under some significant pressure this season after an outlay in excess of £100 million in the summer failed to deliver results and progress in the Champions League, saw the club come up short in their efforts to qualify for next season's competition and lead to them ending the season without any silverware for the third year in a row.

But Liverpool have been here before. After an improbable title challenge last season, Rodgers was crowned the manager of the year and was hailed by some as the best thing since sliced bread. Last season was a breath of fresh air for the club following some turbulent, mediocre league performances and trouble off the field over the course of the last five years.

One has to take into account that Liverpool have lost their talisman in Luis Suarez - with 31 league goals from last season disappearing with him to Barcelona - and 21-goal striker Daniel Sturridge missing for a large part of the season through injury is a huge blow for any side to take.

But it is Rodgers's job to find ways around that, and it took a while. It wasn't until around late November when we saw the Liverpool boss change things and tweak his approach in an effort to improve what was a woeful start to the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

The defence was still a mess, while the significant loss of firepower meant that 6-3 victories from last season were turning into 3-1 or 3-0 defeats this term.

He may have been worked out again in the closing stages of the season, which is why they could finish as low as seventh - though a win at Stoke City on Sunday would ensure they finish in fifth place - but there are several things we don't know about going on behind the scenes.

Liverpool's transfer committee really doesn't shed light on the signings that are wholeheartedly endorsed by the manager - who seems to be an advocate of bringing in more proven quality rather than potential, which would represent a significant shift in recruitment strategy.

For much of the season there has been a lot of 'square pegs in round holes' when it comes to how the side has set up - you can argue that is a failing of the manager when it comes to the team selection, or that he doesn't feel he has the required options available to him.

The only thing the Liverpool boss can do is admit where he has gone wrong this season, but demand more control over the transfer policy and ask for the owners to dig deep - and be given another season to show he can make sufficient progress to make the side competitive again.

It's all well and good for some to call for the head of the manager but we have been here before in 2010, when Rafa Benitez was shown the door after a poor season followed a title challenge. The subsequent appointment of Roy Hodgson was dreadful for all involved. Given that FSG are advocates of potential and a young manager, how can anybody be sure the next person they approach is better placed to lead the side forward?

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