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      1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back...

      1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back...

      Has Brendan Rodgers’ first season as Liverpool manager been a success so far? Tough question. You will find many people who were not happy, and are still not happy that he was appointed in the first place.

      Others will argue he needs longer than 8 months to implement his changes to the club.

      At the time of writing, Liverpool sit a disappointing 9th in the premier league, a massive 29 points behind league-leaders and bitters rivals Manchester United, and 12 points off a top four finish, which would guarantee champions league football next season. They are out of both domestic cup competitions and the only hope of a trophy this season is the Europa league, however, even a Europa league trophy may not appease Liverpool’s American owners, who surely want that top 4 finish.

      They sacked fan’s favourite Kenny Dalglish last summer after he could only manage an 8th place finish, although he did pick up a league cup trophy and got to the F.A. Cup final during his 18 months in charge.

      Rodgers’ team has played well in certain games this season, and haven’t achieved the results their performances have deserved, but there have been games when the Red Men haven’t turned up at all, and have been embarrassingly turned over by lesser sides. The fact we have not beaten any team in the top half of the league tells a depressing story at this stage of the campaign.

      Although Brendan Rodgers signed a 3 year contract at the start of this season, his team’s form must undoubtedly be worrying him. His 2 big signings last summer - £10 million forward Fabio Borini and the £15 million spent on his former player at Swansea Joe Allen, have failed to hit it off, and at this stage of the season they have offered the bare minimum to a Liverpool team lacking in killer instinct. His shrewd January transfer deal of snapping up Daniel Sturridge for £12 million from rivals Chelsea has paid off big time, with the striker netting 4 goals in his first 6 games for the club, and his pairing with Luis Suarez is already causing more problems for defensives.

      This week’s news that Liverpool’s legendary defender Jamie Carragher will retire at the end of the season, after 16 years in the first team, will be another blow to Rodgers, who has labelled him as ‘his best defender’.

      Carragher has been through so many highs and lows with Liverpool, but surely the game he will be remembered for the most will be May 25th 2005, when Liverpool last lifted the European cup. On that unforgettable night, the centre-half caught the attention of the footballing world, and was heralded as one of the best players in his position. His announcement has come at a strange time, although not considered a first team regular this season, he has been enjoying a good run in the first team lately and has been turning in man of the match performances, especially against Arsenal in January.

      Liverpool and Rodgers will find it very difficult to replace the iconic defender this summer. There are not many no-nonsense defenders out there like Liverpool’s No 23 anymore, so surely the search has to start now to find a replacement. I think Rogers will still be manager beyond this season, but his team MUST start delivering - and pretty quick too! It seems to be a frustrating game of 1 step forward, 2 steps back so far this season and that isn’t good enough for Liverpool Football Club..

      RYAN KENNY ||