At this very moment in the current Premier League standings, Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers is arguably the luckiest manager still operating among the English top-flight. His side look utterly void of ideas for not the first time under his reign – and without a certain Luis Suarez in place to cover over the cracks at Anfield – Rodgers’ flimsy approach has now been fully exposed in vulnerable style.
Despite a decent start to the 2015/16 campaign on paper, the Reds have subsequently lost without showing much fight in each of their last two outings, with some sections of their loyal fan-base distinctly calling for the manager’s head seemingly before the situation gets out of hand.
Although such a dramatic reaction may appear to be a knee-jerk response on the surface, the Anfield faithful do in-fact have good reason to want to see the back of Brendan Rodgers. Quite frankly, he is a man out of his depth at a club the size of Liverpool. The 42-year-old Northern Irishman arguably always has been since first stepping foot in Merseyside back in 2012.
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So then, with the seeming availability of former Borussia Dortmund hero, Jurgen Klopp, still somewhat hovering over the current Reds manager like a patient vulture just waiting for his moment to step in and claim the goods, do Liverpool ultimately need to move for the eccentric German coach sooner rather than later this season?
Well, if ex-Liverpool favourite – Dietmar Hamann – is to have his say on the topic, Klopp would certainly make a good replacement to come in and do a job at Anfield in place on the increasingly pressured Rodgers. The man who achieved so much with BVB in recent seasons has been described as the “perfect” candidate for the managerial post at Liverpool.
And perhaps there is strong reasoning behind Hamann’s thinking. Jurgen Klopp seemingly thrives at a club with an intense following and great history. The 48-year-old coach doesn’t need an excessively bolstered transfer budget to operate at the highest level – instead, Klopp sources his own somewhat unknown assets and turns them into massive stars of the future, much like a younger Arsene Wenger would have in his hey-day.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss also knows what it takes to succeed at the top – and should he eventually be ushered in at Anfield throughout the upcoming season – Klopp would nonetheless arrive with a level of domestic and Champions League experience that far outweighs that of Brendan Rodgers. In the end, the two well-known managerial faces of the modern era simply aren’t even operating in the same ball-park in all honesty.
After all, Rodgers potentially no longer deserves to be in his current position at Anfield. Time and time again we’ve seen his inability to source the right players for his club. Even though each of Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho offer a great deal on paper, out on the pitch they have so far looked incredibly disjointed and distinctly isolated from one another. The likes of Danny Ings and James Milner may also represent a great deal of hard work and industry – but are they players ultimately worthy of breaking the top-four sooner or later? …Of course they aren’t.
As for a selection of Brendan Rodgers’ other even less successful signings however – such as Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli, Iago Aspas, Mamadou Sakho and Ally Cissokho – perhaps the least said about those the better. The list of incredibly poor buys made at Anfield in recent years really does seem an endless one, with Rodgers’ overall prowess in the transfer market subsequently being called in for heavy questioning.
The enthralling Jurgen Klopp has also proven a great deal more captivating in pre/post-match interviews and the like, offering his fans a somewhat unique perspective on how each game is played out without holding back on the important details. Rodgers however, seemingly serves only to repeat the same old clichéd phrases over and over – likely offering not much more to his players when it comes to giving team-talks and inspiring them onto to greatness.
So then, as Brendan Rodgers has so far proven himself to be a rather average manager capable only of signing rather average players despite the wads of cash at his disposal, the Reds seemingly aren’t going to return to the top-four any time soon with him in charge. With Jurgen Klopp at the helm though, the outcome could well be much more suitable to a club of Liverpool’s, albeit increasingly fading, prestige.
However, if the Anfield hierarchy invariably take too long to make their decision throughout the 2015/16 campaign, Klopp himself could well be moved on elsewhere, with Liverpool left to deal with the distinctly mediocre nature of their current main man in the dug-out.