At yesterday’s press conference ahead of the weekend’s action, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made the sizeable claim that he was the best man to lead the Anfield club back to the glory days.
Over the space of the Northern Irishman’s eventful tenure at the Merseyside outfit’s helm there have examples to suggest that his comments are accurate, while other instances that prove the contrary.
With the Reds set to complete this term trophyless and more than likely without Champions League qualification, the powers that be at the Anfield club will be assessing the best avenue of progressing Liverpool to the next level.
As there are arguments to suggest both options could serve Liverpool well, is it time for the Reds to part company with Brendan Rodgers?
Despite Rodgers having the first team playing some good football in the second half of the season, in a results-driven business the manager has failed to deliver this season.
Semi-final defeats in both cup competitions show a lack of mental grit at the club, with the elimination at the hands of a modest Aston Villa outfit in the FA Cup of particular frustration for the Kop.
Add to this the fact that the team’s chances of finishing in the top four were completely derailed by losses to fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester United and Arsenal, and a lack of big-game mentality is also evident.
In Europe this term the Reds were poor in the Champions League, while an exit from the Europa League against Besiktas was another low point.
Since Rodgers has been at the club Liverpool have spent big in the transfer market, but with the exceptions of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can, the new additions have not added anything to the collective.
With someone like Jurgen Klopp currently available and fitting the desirable outline of a man able to take a club from a historic lull back into contention, Liverpool may well be better served with a new face in the dugout in 2015-16.
Looking at it retrospectively, Liverpool have played some of the best football in the club’s recent memory under Rodgers.
The team’s showings in the second half of last season captivated the wider football audience and were unlucky not to deliver the title, while a winning streak this year was also impressive.
The Reds were in a state of flux before the former Swansea man arrived and in the couple of years he has been at the club Liverpool have progressed both on and off the pitch.
Rodgers has got the best out of certain players, while his bravery to switch to a three-man defence also have heralded results.
Bringing a new head coach to Anfield would represent a fresh start, with a step back likely before any positive movements can be measured.
With continuity and long-term thinking in mind, showing loyalty to Rodgers could well see the progression of recent years continue, especially if quality can be added in the transfer market this summer.