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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The complaints centered around tactics Andreas Heraf used in a recent home international against Japan and his comments to media after that match. Players reportedly objected to the defensive nature of Heraf’s tactics in the 3-1 loss.
New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin said at a news conference on Wednesday that his organization had received a letter from the New Zealand Professional Footballers Association, containing letters of complaint from 13 national team members.
Defending his approach at a news conference after the match, Heraf said the New Zealand players would never have the “quality” to compete with a team of Japan’s ability and might have lost 8-0 if they had not adopted a defensive style.
Further reports have emerged of player concerns about Heraf’s behavior, including allegations of bullying.
Martin was repeatedly questioned at the news conference about when New Zealand Football first had notice of the players’ concerns about Heraf. He insisted he was not aware of any problems until the letter from the NZPFA containing the players’ complaints was released on Monday.
In a statement, New Zealand Football Chairman Deryck Shaw said player welfare was “of utmost importance.”
“We hold player welfare as a matter of utmost importance and that is why we are conducting a thorough, independent review. We want to ensure we better understand these issues in an objective review. There is no place for inappropriate behavior of any kind with New Zealand Football.”
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Christian Pulisic has been the subject of transfer talks for some time now after becoming an instant star at Borussia Dortmund, but one of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s former coaches says it might be wise for him to stay put; at least for now.
Former USMNT boss Bruce Arena spoke about Pulisic, who has had rumors of moves to Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United surrounding him recently.
Arena cited consistent playing time as the main reason why Pulisic may want to consider holding off on a transfer for now.
“I think Christian is in a great place. Dortmund has a very good reputation for developing players.
“In his couple years there with the first team, he’s done very well. Hopefully, he can continue to do that, be consistent at the club level, and if he does that, he’s going to be a real plus for the national team program.
“Any move Christian makes in the future, it’s important he goes to a club where he plays on a regular basis. There’s no point in him leaving Dortmund and going to a club where he doesn’t get the kind of minutes he needs to continue to develop.”
Pulisic has spent three seasons at Dortmund, scoring 12 goals in all competitions during that span.