Brendan Rodgers takes “full responsibility” for Liverpool’s season-ending disaster

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Liverpool failed to make its goal of a return to the Champions League, but they still had a shot at securing Europa League play.

They were only able to squeeze into the Europa League’s back door thanks to Southampton’s loss, but European play could have slipped away completely had things played out differently thanks to a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Stoke City.

Rodgers said the fans “deserve an apology” after what proved to be a disastrous finish to the season, saying “I take full responsibility as the manager.”

Despite news this week that Rodgers was likely to remain as Liverpool manager, many began to speculate that this match could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back with Fenway Sports Group, who were already unhappy at the failure to hit preseason goals. But the current manager believes he is still the right man for the job.

“I still feel like I have a lot to offer here,” Rodgers said after the match, but also conceded, “If the owners want me to go, I’ll go. There is a lot that’s happened there this year that has made the job tough. Performances like today don’t help me and I’m fully aware of that.”

Plenty of names have been tossed around should Rodgers not return, such as Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo, and Steve Bruce.