Brendan Rodgers may well be a worried man following some poor performances in the Premier League and an exit from the Champions League at the group stage.
Liverpool will now be joining city rivals Everton in the Europa League following their exit from Europe’s premier club competition last night, Basel holding the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with the result that they finished in third place in Group B with just 5 points from their six matches.
Despite managing a mere four points from their opening five games, Liverpool entered last night’s clash in the knowledge that a win would secure their passage to the knockout stages of the competition.
It didn’t quite work out like that, Liverpool completely lacking in the first half thus allowing Basel to take a lead thanks to a Fabian Frei strike. Liverpool struggled throughout the rest of the match, a Steven gerrard free kick providing little consolation as the Merseyside club waved goodbye to their Champions League dreams.
Brendan Rodgers was magnanimous in defeat and accepted that the Reds had got what they deserved. Nevertheless as manager he has to take responsibility for any failings in the side and as such, William Hill have slashed the odds for him becoming the next top flight manager to leave his post from 16/1 to just 4/1.
The bookmakers do recognise that Liverpool have certainly improved under Rodgers’ stewardship, they also concede that the side have been under-performing this season and William Hill now offer just 6/4 for the Reds manager to have departed prior to the end of the season.
Liverpool do remain in European competition, however they have to contend themselves with the Europa League, scant consolation for their second place finish in last season’s Premier League. They nevertheless find themselves 12/1 favourites to win that competition, Betfred offering best odds of 14/1 for such an outcome, ranking them alongside Napoli and Spurs.