R odgers claimed that Tottenham, who currently sit sixth in the Premier League, should be challenging for the title after investing over £100 million in their squad.
"Look at Tottenham. If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league."
"Tottenham were a team maybe looking to challenge for the league this season. They spent £100-odd million on a group that was set up to challenge."
The wisdom of Brendan Rodger's words come back to haunt him.
Brendan Rodgers Tactical Genius
During interviews Rodgers keeps referencing how he's a "tactical genius". I've haven't heard other managers refer to themselves in such exalted tones. Mourinho, Wenger, Ferguson, Guardiola, Klopp, to name a few. A big slice of humble pie wouldn't go amiss at Rodgers next meal.
He believes his tactics are genius. It appears Rodgers wasn't using his genius two nights ago, when Liverpool lost 1-0 against relegation threatened Hull. Rodgers again mislaid his genius when Liverpool were held 0-0 by West Brom last Saturday. Or the week before that when, Liverpool were beaten by Aston Villa 2-1, in the FA Cup semi-final, knocking them out the competition.
Think back to last Season's 3-3 draw with Crysal Palace. Liverpool were leading 3-0 with 20 minutes left of the game, when Rodgers tactical acumen evaporated. It was embarrassing to watch. 22 minutes left, and they you cant kill the game? They allow Crystal Palace to score 3 goals. How would Chelsea do it? Mourinho wouldn't let that result go. He'd bring on a defender or two, and kill the game. 3 points in the bag.
This season is almost over and Liverpool still look as disjointed in attack and defence as they did at the start of the season. So much for Rodgers 'tactical genius'.
Liverpool have a worrying record of consistent capitulation in the face of strong opposition (Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City) again, this season. They didn't fare so well last season. If your going to bring the Premier League Title to Anfield, you expect to beat these 4 teams, or at the very least, to draw. Losing is not a consideration. This season results:
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2
Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2
Liverpool 2 Man City 1
Liverpool 1 Man Utd 2
Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1
Man City 3 Liverpool 1
Man Utd 3 Liverpool 0
Away: We play Chelsea next week
Liverpool have lost 5, drawn 1, won 1, against the top 4. 1 game still to play. If you can't beat or draw against the big-guns, you won't win the title. Perhaps more worrying is Liverpool's record against sides residing in the lower half of the Premiership. This season against lower half teams, Liverpool fail to beat:
C. Palace 3-1. Lost 3-1 West Ham. Lost Aston Villa 1-0. Lost Newcastle 1-0.
Held to draw:
West Brom 0-0. Hull 0-0. Sunderland 0-0.
Games against lower sides or relegation strugglers appear to pose a particular problem for Rodgers. Liverpool should steam roller through the lower teams, but appear to lack the 'tactical genius' necessary to beat minnows.
When asked about others to take charge at Liverpool, Rodgers regurgitates the same indubitable response:
Confidence is an essential component of a Premier League Manager, without it, you'll never stay the course, the pressure's of the job are too great. Living in the public eye, judged weekly on results. Stray too far from that line and your into the territory of arrogance. That's where Rodgers is. He has an arrogance which is not backed by results. Mourinho has bags of confidence and a touch of arrogance, but he gets results. He's won the League in Italy, Spain, Portugal and England, and the Champions League twice. You can forgive his slight arrogance. Rodgers has won nothing.
The level of Rodgers arrogance and self worth is troubling, a touch of humility would not go amiss. He certainly doesn't hold back, when blowing his own trumpet.
When things don't go to plan, Rodgers roles out the excuses. We need patience, more time, we're building for the future, we needed a wee bit of luck, it didn't go our way, etc, etc, etc.
Its always "Bread today, jam tomorrow." Yes, its a difficult job. This is the Premier League. One of the top leagues in the world. Its the top flight. You're getting paid £5m a year. If you can't hack it, quit.
Rodgers Big Mouth
In March 2015, after beating Swansea 1-0, Rodgers proudly declared:
"We can finish second."
"Man City's result at the weekend gives us an opportunity to finish second."
I remember cringing when I read that. Liverpool's form has fluctuated all season, and he was somehow delusional in believing Liverpool could maintain a solid run to the end of the season. Their play has vacillated from good to abysmal. Rodgers has the temerity to suggest they can leapfrog Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal to take second. I don't think so.
Last season after every game, it was obvious Liverpool were weak in defence, they leaked goals. Liverpool scored 101 goals and conceded 50 in 38 games, with 84 points. If they were to make an assault on the Premier League, this year, they must tighten up at the back. With Jamie Carragher and Daniel Aggar gone, no longer a solid dependable body to turn to when things got shaky. The first priority was to draft replacements for ageing legs and injured personnel. Kolo Toure is too old, too slow against fresh young legs. Martin Skrtel, solid dependable, but sometimes error prone.
The defence desperately needed fixing. Rodgers must know this. In September 2013, Rodgers splashed out $22m on Sakho and Ilori and declared that he had "sorted out our defence for the next decade". It was not to be. Sakho performed like a misfit, and Ilori was farmed out on loan. Jose Enrique's and Glen Johnsons persistent injuries, meant new boy Emre Can was called upon to plug a defensive hole.
The defensive problems persist. Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno are suspect at the back. Moreno like Johnson, is a good attacking back, but prone to defensive errors. Lovren lacks confidence, authority and composure. Sakho appears a misfit, who may hack it in the Championship. Skrtel though able, cannot carry the defence alone.
This season so far, Liverpool have played 34, scored 47, conceded 38 with 58 points. Goals conceded has not improved much. The goal scoring machine of Suarez, Sturridge was gone. The 51 goals those two scored last term was no longer there. Rodgers could not bank on outscoring other teams, even if Liverpool conceded.
This season, Chelsea conceded 27 goals, Southampton 28, Liverpool 38.
The defence is still not fixed.
Remy And Balotelli
A replacement for the departed Luis Suarez was desperately needed to make up the 31 goals Suarez scored last season. Liverpool received £75m from his sale, and looked to bring in Loic Remy, a French International, from QPR for a bargain price of £8m. They agreed a deal and personal terms, then several medicals later, Rodgers and Liverpool decided Remy was not fit enough to meet their high standards. Chelsea bought Remy from QPR for £10.5m. That's £2.5m more than Liverpool's price tag. Good enough for Chelsea but not Liverpool.
Rodgers opted for Mario Balotelli at £16m. Balotelli scored 2 goals this season, 1 in League and 1 in League Cup. Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert were bought for a total of £29m, from Southampton where they collectively scored 29 goals last season. This season they managed 4 goals at Liverpool.
This season, Chelsea scored 68 goals, Man City 70, Liverpool 47.
The attack is still not fixed.
In 2012 Daniel Agger tattooed YNWA on the fingers of his right hand. At the time he said he loved the club and the city. He felt he was a part of the club, and the decision to get the tattoo was an easy one. Aggar had moved to Merseyside from Brondby in 2006 under Rafa Benitez and made the team vice captain. In the summer 2014, after 8 years with the club, he quit and returned to Brondby. Agger revealed in a Danish TV interview, he left because differences with Rodgers.
When Rodgers was on BBC match of day, and asked his all-time Premier League XI, he didn't include his captain, Steven Gerrard and one of Liverpool's all time greats. Instead, Rodgers chose 5 Man Utd players. Dropped a clanger, or what?
Rodgers Confused Buying Policy
To quote Rodgers in July 2014, after selling Suarez to Barcelona for £75m.
From the Telegraph's online football pages:
Liverpool will not waste Luis Suarez cash on buying star names, says manager Brendan Rodgers
Players must have the right profile for the club, with £100m transfer spree expected to bring minimum of eight new recruits to Anfield by next month
Fast forward 9 months and Rodgers is not so sure.
From the Telegraph's online football pages:
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers calls for 'marquee signings'You can only deduce that "the best man for the job", maybe didn't get it last July. Losing Liverpool's prize footballing asset to Barcelona, was going to impact somewhat on the team. Buying 8 lower grade fill-ins, would not cut it.
Rodgers Transfer Deals
In 2014 Rodgers made the remark about Tottenham spending £100m, should be challenging for the title. Sometimes our observations are not quite so astute, as they appeared at the time.
Having spent £212m, double Tottenham's expenditure, should not Liverpool now be challenging for the title? What happened to their drive for Champions League?
Rodgers has a very questionable reputation when it comes to buying players. It can only be said he has successfully bought two players that have been a success. Ballotelli is not one of them. Sturridge and Coutinho.
Rodgers transfer dealings have been horrendous. For a total outlay of £212m, only 2 player can be said to be a resounding success.
On the subject of Nuri Sahin, the player Rodgers moved on to Borussia Dortmand, Klopp in the interview says Sahin is a brilliant player, but Rodgers played Sahin in the wrong position. Sahin was a success at Dortmund, which must question Rodgers ability to analyse and use players to best advantage.
In video goto 4 mins for Klopps comments on Sahin played in wrong position.
|Fabio Borini||Roma||£10,400,000||Jul 2012|
|Joe Allen||Swansea City||£15,000,000||Aug 2012|
|Oussama Assaidi||Heerenveen||£3,000,000||Aug 2012|
|Nuri Sahin||Real Madrid||Loan||Aug 2012|
|Samed Yesil||Bayer Leverkusen||£1,000,000||Aug 201|
|Daniel Sturridge||Chelsea||£12,000,000||Jan 2013|
|Philippe Coutinho||Inter Milan||£8,500,000||Jan 2013|
|Luis Alberto||Sevilla||£6,800,000||Jun 2013|
|Iago Aspas||Celta Vigo||£7,000,000||Jun 2013|
|Simon Mignolet||Sunderland||£9,000,000||Jun 2013|
|Kolo Toure||Free Transfer||Free||Jul 2013|
|Aly Cissokho||Valencia||Loan||Aug 2013|
|Mamadou Sakho||Paris St Germain||£15,000,000||Sep 2013|
|Tiago Ilori||Sporting Lisbon||£7,000,000||Sep 2013|
|Victor Moses||Chelsea||Loan||Sep 2013|
|Rickie Lambert||Southampton||£4,500,000||Jun 2014|
|Adam Lallana||Southampton||£25,000,000||Jul 2014|
|Emre Can||Bayer Leverkusen||£9,750,000||Jul 2014|
|Lazar Markovic||Benfica||£19,800,000||Jul 2014|
|Dejan Lovren||Southampton||£20,000,000||Jul 2014|
|Divick Origi||Lille||£9,800,000||Jul 2014|
|Javier Manquillo||Atletico Madrid||Loan||Aug 2014|
|Alberto Moreno||Sevilla||£12,000,000||Aug 2014|
|Mario Balotelli||AC Milan||£16,000,000||Aug 2014|
Rodgers bought 24 players for £211,550,000
Rodgers On Who He'll Buy
In today's Independent online newspaper, states:
Brendan Rodgers: 'I have to rebuild a group that can get through rough waters,' says Liverpool boss.Really? Just realised that? Its one of the toughest football leagues in the world, and you recently came to the conclusion you need a tough squad?
Polls Want Rodgers Out
Is Brendan Rodgers the right man for Liverpool?
Should Brendan Rodgers quit?
The results are in:
70% say Rodgers should quit
30% say Rodgers should stay.
Rodgers Or Klopp?
The feeling about Liverpool at the moment is similar to the last days of Benitez, Hodgson and Dalglish (in 2012). A rudderless ship.
Some pundits, support Rodgers and say to give him more time, its a work in progress. Really? I disagree. He's had 3 years in which to build, mould and shape his team, to get them to play his way. He's done that with a marked degree of failure. I don't believe Rodgers is the right man.
Jurgen Klopp has been touted as a viable replacement, as he's a free agent this summer, leaving Borrusia Dortmund.
Who would you prefer in charge at Liverpool come August?
Klopp or Rodgers?
That's a no-brainer.