Ray Wilkins: What recent events at Liverpool mean for Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Former England player Ray Wilkins feels Brendan Rodgers is already under real pressure looking ahead to next season.

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT what he feels is the meaning behind Liverpool’s decision to remove two of Brendan Rodgers’s key coaches at Anfield.

Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe won’t be part of Rodgers’s setup at the club next season and Wilkins has suggested there is no way to look at the situation other than a difficult one, because the manager has been undermined.

“I think that’s what it does tell us (Rodgers needs a good start). The club have obviously got involved and said this has to happen but they must have some names in mind – It’s a difficult period because Brendan has been undermined,” he said.

Rodgers needs a good start because he’s under pressure. He’s kept his job when the club could well have sacked him along with the coaches, who have been part of his first team setup.

Regardless of how aggrieved he may feel over the situation, he’s got to stay professional and stay focused on improving the squad further this summer, before the return of the Premier League in August.

Hopefully he can be surrounded with the right team for next season, which will help him guide the side to a top four finish, success in domestic cup competitions and progression in the Europa League.

James Milner and Danny Ings have already been confirmed as new signings for the club and they are positive additions, but the hard work is not done there and several players are also likely to leave the Reds over the summer.

If Liverpool’s board and owners have people in mind they want to surround Rodgers, it’s vital they buy into his philosophy and vision for the club.

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