Could Liverpool have won the Premier League with one ruthless move?

If Liverpool had fired Brendan Rodgers last summer and appointed Jurgen Klopp then, could they have won the league this season?

The impact Jurgen Klopp has made at Liverpool has been huge since his arrival, with the Reds into the Europa League semi-final after beating Borussia Dortmund in dramatic circumstances.

Their league position has taken a hit as they are already out of top four contention, but most of the damage there was done prior to his arrival.

He has made stars of players who performed poorly under Brendan Rodgers, like Divock Origi, Joe Allen, and notably Dejan Lovren, and the future looks bright at the club.

His positive progress should have Liverpool's board slapping themselves on the back that they made the right appointment, but there should always be a question of 'what if?'

What if Liverpool had been even more ruthless and fired Brendan Rodgers after a woeful end to the 2014/15 season in which they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Aston Villa in the semi-final, and were hammered by Crystal Palace and Stoke City, the latter a 6-1 embarrassment.

There was certainly justification to do so, even if Rodgers' near title miss a year earlier bought him a little leeway.

Yet Jurgen Klopp was available, and months into the season Liverpool's board pulled the trigger and sacked Rodgers and appointed the German anyway.

Liverpool will soon find out what Klopp is capable of with a full pre-season, full season, and transfer window, but the best opportunity may already have been missed.

Euro 2016 will disrupt his pre-season plans with players returning late, while the success of Leicester City and Tottenham this season shows that the title was there for the taking.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all expected to strengthen and next year's battle for the top four, let alone the title, could be tougher than ever.

At the least, Liverpool should have been in the top four hunt with Klopp at the reigns all season, and left themselves in a better position for next year's assault on the title.

It is hard to criticise them for being too loyal to Rodgers and wanting to give him one more chance, but if he was on such a short leash anyway, getting rid last summer was the right move to make.

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