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.
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.”