New manager could convince Raheem Sterling to stay at Liverpool, says Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown thinks it might be best for Liverpool if Brendan Rodgers left the club this summer.

Liverpool’s difficult season came to an embarrassing conclusion as they suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

The Reds were 5-0 down at half time of the contest which inevitably led to doubts regarding Brendan Rodgers’ future as manager at Anfield. It was the first time in 52 years that Liverpool had conceded six goals in a single game.

Rodgers himself admitted after the game that his future as manager is in doubt, per the BBC, after a season in which they laboured to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, having failed to challenge for a trophy again.

The departure of Luis Suarez and constant injury struggles of Daniel Sturridge have cost the Reds severely as their Premier League goal tally nearly halved. Rodgers spent the Suarez money poorly last summer, meaning he must take the majority of the blame for their awful campaign.

As captain Steven Gerrard departs for MLS with LA Galaxy, Raheem Sterling’s future is also in doubt, with the winger refusing to sign a new contract with the club, according to the Mirror. Along with Suarez, both of these key players will need replacing this summer. There are major issues in this Liverpool squad and Rodgers must take the blame.

After Sterling was dropped for the loss to Stoke, BBC pundit Martin Keown spoke bluntly about the situation at Liverpool, stating that they could be better off if Rodgers leaves the club.

He said, “There are defining results, if you are going lose games and lose them in this matter - then no matter how far behind someone you are, things could change.

“If you look at it, Brendan Rodgers has not been able to convince Gerrard to stay, Sterling is obviously not happy and it has been nowhere near as good as last year. There will be a major board meeting after this match, maybe a new manager will be able to convince Sterling to stay?”

Keown’s colleague Garth Crooks agrees. He believes the Stoke result could see the end of Rodgers’ tenure at Liverpool. He said: “I cannot believe what is going on. This result has taken Raheem Sterling off the back pages. It is now about Brendan Rodgers. Now he has to convince the owners, and the fans, that he hasn't lost the dressing room.”

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