I’ve grown sick of the criticism Rodgers has been receiving at the minute. From watching the United game today I thought that Liverpool were the better team, with more shots on target and were up against De Gea who was incredible. There were so many opportunities that Liverpool had to score, however the match ended 3-0 to the home team and those who didn’t follow the game will look at that scoreline and draw conclusions that I feel are unfair.
There are a huge number of factors that can be blamed for Liverpool’s poor start to the season. The biggest in my opinion are the lack of impact from the new signings, and the absence of a goal threat. How much of this can be blamed on Rodgers? He selects the team each week, has an influence over who arrives and leaves the club, and is tasked with motivating and preparing the players for each match, but can he be really be blamed for a lack of goals?
In the game today if De Gea wasn’t so world-class it could easily have been a Liverpool victory. He changed the team around once again, notably benching Mignolet for his poor form, yet I can’t fault his tactics throughout the match. The scoreline hugely flattered United but it appears to have not stopped the media or the fans from trying their hardest to force Rodgers out.
Liverpool are out of the Champions League, look out of the title race already, and seem unlikely to turn it around at the moment. Yet the season is not yet finished. There is still a huge opportunity of achieving a Champions League spot through the Europa League, there are still the FA Cup and League Cup to compete in, and it only takes a few wins, as shown by Newcastle and United, to quickly rise up the table.
There have been numerous people calling for Rodgers to go. What would that achieve? Okay he’s gone, who else is out there that would come to Liverpool and be better? Please give me the name of this saviour.
What has also gotten on my nerves is the recent praise towards van Gaal, with a post I just read calling him ‘underrated’. He’s got a fantastic record and appears to be a much better fit than David Moyes. However while this is all well and good, people seem to be forgetting the expectations and ambitions of Manchester United.
They are currently on a six match winning run, with wins against Palace, Arsenal, Hull, Stoke, Southampton and now Liverpool. Is that really so impressive?
Arsenal had a huge amount of injuries, Southampton’s fine run was always going to reach an end, and Liverpool are on a huge low at the minute. Underrated? Really? United were the biggest spenders by some margin this summer.
Was it a surprise United beat Liverpool today? No. Should the result be made so significant for van Gaal and Rodgers? Absolutely not.