The ambition of Liverpool FC is to return to former glories however those former glories feel so long ago they might as well have happened in the era of black and white TV.
The club had been on decent run before they visited struggling Southampton at St. Mary’s but consistency has bedevilled them all season and losing 3-1 to bottom dwellers is unacceptable. Brief moments of belief get crushed by heady doses of realism and that realism must begin with the manager, Brendan Rodgers, who often views matches completely differently to 99.9% of the population.
Coming into this ‘must win’ and aren’t they all at this stage Rogers was stating that a top four position wasn’t out of the question for his team.
Now I know that as a manager you have to show optimism but when you’re relying on other clubs to screw up so you can succeed, you’re not thinking clearly.
The Liverpool hierarchy have given Rodgers almost carte blanche to build a club that can compete but in all honesty he’s failed and he continues to fail. He was given the job too early. He’s not ready for a position that quite frankly is one of the top ten coaching jobs in world football.
Rodgers is on a three-year deal at Anfield but I cannot see him fulfilling that. What the Reds should do is hire the Dutchman, Guus Hiddink. Here is a man with the resume, the pedigree and the sense of history that would be a perfect fit for the ever demanding Kop.
Liverpool and Rodgers are now seven points away from Uefa Champions League qualification. They have played two matches more than 4th placed Chelsea. Losing to Southampton is such abject fashion as a disaster, plain and simple.
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Chelsea visits the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in one of three Premier League fixtures this chilly Tuesday in December (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
The Blues are now 14 points back of Manchester City, and three points clear of fifth place.
Meanwhile there are a pair of matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley looks to keep pace with its Top Four ambitions when it hosts struggling Stoke City, while in-form Crystal Palace seeks a home win that would move it out of the drop zone. In its way? Dangerous, attack-minded Watford.