Brendan Rodgers has gone from nearly the top of the Premier League to what Liverpool fans feel like is the bottom.
They’ll need help to get out of their UEFA Champions League group, and sit 12th in the table.
So it’s no surprise that the Liverpool manager is feeling the heat.
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Speaking before Saturday’s home match against Stoke City, Rodgers admitted as much.
“A few months ago I was the manager of the year, now I’m favourite to get the sack,” said Rodgers, who is actually third-favourite with most bookmakers.
“It’s part and parcel of this wonderful life of working in football.”
Liverpool have already lost six games in the league this season – as many as they did in the whole of last season – but Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Ludogorets Razgrad at least ensured the Reds can qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League if they beat Basel in their final match.
“All you can do is focus on the immediate job, on what you can control,” added Rodgers. “For me, it’s about working with the players, providing even more clarity in their roles and the function of the team.”
Really, though, a lesson could be learned from Newcastle United. Not that Alan Pardew is the Magpies answer, but he lost club talisman Yohan Cabaye and it took time for his new transfers to come together. Rodgers lost Luis Suarez, Mario Balotelli hasn’t brought any form to Anfield and Daniel Sturridge has been hurt. Is it really the manager’s fault? Honestly, we’re asking.