The message is loud and clear from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: nobody else is better equipped to turn things around for Liverpool than he is.
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After guiding Liverpool to second place in the Premier League last season and sealing qualification for the UEFA Champions League, things have gone horribly wrong this season.
Crashing out of the Champions League in the group stage and currently sitting in ninth place in the PL, 15 points off leaders Chelsea, Liverpool are enduring a tough time in 2014-15.
But ahead of Liverpool’s huge clash with Manchester United on Sunday (Watch live, NBCSN, 8:30 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra) Rodgers has insisted that he can turn things around at Anfield.
“The message for me, is clear. I don’t think there would be anyone better to do the job here,” Rodgers told reporters. “Seven months ago we nearly won the title. I had time to work with players and, above expectation, took them beyond where the club has been. This has been a difficult start with new players, less coaching time, young players, virtually starting again. I don’t think there is anybody better equipped to deal with that having been here for the last two-and-a-half years and experienced what this club is about.”
During recent games, Rodgers has been getting increasing amounts of criticism thrown his way by Liverpool’s supporters. Is that fair?
Yes, the Reds are struggling this season, but it is important to place some context to their dreadful start. They lost one of the greatest players in the world in Luis Suarez. Their star forward, Daniel Sturridge, has been out injured. And several new signings just haven’t adjusted to the expectations and pressure of playing for such a big team.
Rodgers will undoubtedly be given time to turn things around. But after the way he and his time were lauded last season, did anybody think he would have to justify his status as the right man for Liverpool just six months later?