Kop idol: This week may leave Liverpool’s season in ‘tatters’

Brendan Rodgers is facing the “biggest eight days” of his Liverpool tenure, according to Anfield hero John Aldridge.

The Reds are in Champions League action against Basel tonight in a game they must win to make it into the last 16, before a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United over the weekend and a Capital One Cup quarter-final with Bournemouth next week.

The trio of clashes could have a major impact on Liverpool’s season, with three losses potentially enough to end their hopes of silverware and a top four finish.

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2014/15 has been a tricky one for Rodgers – who has had to contend with life after Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s consistent injury issues as well as other problems – but Aldridge feels that this coming week and a bit presents his largest test on Merseyside:

“This has to be the biggest eight days of Brendan Rodgers’ managerial career.” He wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“Basel at home, a trip to Old Trafford and then Bournemouth away – three massive games for Liverpool.

“If we can get through to the last 16 of the Champions League, get a result against Manchester United which keeps us in touch with them in the race for the top four and then progress to the semis of the League Cup we’ll be a position to really kick on.

“There will be light at the end of the tunnel. Daniel Sturridge’s return won’t be far off and our season will be looking a lot better.

“Of course it could also go the other way. Out of the Champions League, cut adrift from United and out of the League Cup – that would leave our season in tatters.”