A likely early exit from the Champions League, failure in the Premier League, how long can Brendan Rodgers stay at Anfield before enough is enough?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had high hopes for his Liverpool side before the season started. He certainly wouldn’t have expected his team to be sitting in the bottom half of the table at this stage of the campaign and looking likely to be exiting the Champions League with just three points from four matches.
With the Reds sitting 12th in the top flight table, there are an increasing number of calls for the Liverpool manager to be sacked, the bookies taking a huge number of bets on Rodgers being the next managerial casualty in the Premier League.
Winner and 888sport are amongst a number of bookmakers offering as little as 6/1 for the Reds’ gaffer leaving his post, Rodgers himself admitting that his tenure as manager is somewhat precarious following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“I’m not arrogant enough to think that I will be in a job through anything,” he said. ” Any manager will tell you that you have to win games and you have to get results, especially after how we’ve been developing as a football club. But I have a great communication line with the owners. We’ve been honest enough with each other but ultimately you have to get results. You have to perform. In my first year when we weren’t maybe getting the results we were performing well.
“Owners and directors and chairmen and chief executives have to see development on the field. Barring this period, our development has been very good and fast, but there’s no doubt as a manager you have to get results. That will support the confidence to the owners and you take it from there. I will only ever do my best. The best has seen us develop well. Now I need to fight even harder and take the responsibility because as manager full responsibility comes down to me. Any pressure comes on to me.”
The pressure will certainly be on Rodgers as we fast approach the festive period, Coral offering the best odds of 8/1 for the Liverpool gaffer to be the next manager to vacate his post in the Premier League with 5/2 up for grabs with the same firm for Rodgers not to be in charge at the end of the season.