Is it time for Liverpool to replace Brendan Rodgers?

The FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa was another disappointing moment in Rodgers' reign and now may be the perfect time to change.

As the final whistle rang around Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool were left with some serious questions to ask.

And so, it could be said, was manager Brendan Rodgers. The semi-final defeat to Aston Villa, resurgent under Tim Sherwood, was the club’s second failure in a semi-final this season.

That other loss came in the Capital One Cup against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, which is a far cry from losing to a team in the bottom half of the Premier League table. However, on both occasions, Liverpool could be accused of losing their nerve.

It was also something Rodgers alluded to, that the occasion might have once more gotten to his players. These are players he has spent large sums on, and who are yet to deliver for the club.

In fact, the manager’s transfer history is questionable. When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez in the summer, a huge recruitment drive was undertaken. Only Emre Can, Alberto Moreno and potentially Adam Lallana have proven value for money.

Even before then, signings such as Fabio Borini, Simon Mignolet, Joe Allen and several others are yet to set the world alight. Although, the Belgian has improved considerably on a rocky start to this campaign.

There have been some success stories though, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho proving to be masterstrokes, while Jordan Henderson has shown a remarkable improvement under Rodgers.

However, Rodgers' fate at the club remains ambiguous. While the owners certainly back him, there is a distinct feeling that last season’s failure to win the title when they got so close was possibly the pinnacle of his reign.

There is also a question mark about whether he is good enough to take the club to that next level, where they can challenge for titles but also impress on the European stage. Liverpool are a big club, and three years without a trophy is a long time to wait.

Add in the fact that Jurgen Klopp, a man with domestic and European pedigree, will be without a club in the summer and the pressure might be on Rodgers. The project would surely interest the enigmatic German; a historic team with a young squad and ambitious but sensible owners. Managers of that quality do not come along too often either.

It is undeniable that Rodgers has stabilised the club since his arrival, but a lot of money has been spent and not much progression has been made. It is not entirely implausible that they could finish seventh this season, meaning they would be right back where he started.

With Champions League qualification almost certainly out of the equation, and no trophies on the horizon, this has been a season of massive disappointment for the club after last year’s highs. Perhaps it is now time to call an end to Rodgers reign and head in a new direction.

Should Liverpool replace Brendan Rodgers in the summer?
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