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All starting to smack of "yeah don't worry everyone we really did give it a ruddy good think and explored other options because we're really thorough and we want the best" in preparation of everyone groaning when Rodgers is kept on.

Yes

The list of players we're targeting is staggeringly ordinary for a club that needs to make an exponential change to make a challenge.

Our scouting and recruitment network has gone from being one of the best there are is to seemingly two blokes in a pub who exclusively watch English football.

And yes!

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The list of players we're targeting is staggeringly ordinary for a club that needs to make an exponential change to make a challenge.

Our scouting and recruitment network has gone from being one of the best there are is to seemingly two blokes in a pub who exclusively watch English football.

We headhunted this sh*te?

 

he's gone I reckon, stage management.

I think they'll f*ck this up and he'll go by bommy night. Mind you, maybe it has been hard to get a flight from Boston to the UK and that explains the lack of urgency. Yeah that'll be it or he has been dead busy.

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He stays, we get a repeat performance of the start of last season, the atmosphere at Anfield is poisonous from the off, the press are ripping into him, the campaigns to get rid of him will grow louder and louder, but FSG will cling on to him into November, maybe December, the attendance will be down to c. 36k before anything happens. We then scramble around to find somebody, nobody is out there so we settle on Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce or Paul Lambert. We can see it'll be a disaster, but FSG are too clever for us.

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Yup. Werner is coming over to take the kudos and look like he gives an actual f***. If he was staying they'd have left it with this Gordon persona they've spent the last two weeks creating. Klopp or Ancelotti have said yes.

Or as previously alluded, he's coming to make it look like FSG have their fingers on the pulse and to prove it a big gun is coming, so they can proclaim that although Rodgers has been a very naughty boy, we told him, and in no uncertain terms, that he must do better next season or he'll be in even more trouble.

Left up to Rodgers, and if they're prepared to listen to him, I'd bet he could talk his way out of it.

but FSG will cling on to him into November, maybe December, the attendance will be down to c. 36k before anything happens.

Ha! Might get a ticket then through the fiasco of the members online ticket sale
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If it was just a season review why would Warner need to be here ?

However terminating Rodgers and starting recruiting Klopp makes sense for Warner to be here for some of this .

Though if Gordon is now the main man, why is it Werner that's coming? Cos he's better known?

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Is this review gonna be like those annual appraisals you do in work where you say stuff like 'I have to work better on my time co-ordination and stress management' just to pacify the organisation (the fans in this case) even though everyone knows it's bulls***.

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All starting to smack of "yeah don't worry everyone we really did give it a ruddy good think and explored other options because we're really thorough and we want the best" in preparation of everyone groaning when Rodgers is kept on.

That's it in a nutshell. We all said FSG would be incompetent if they don't at least look at Rodgers' position and the availability of Klopp so that's what they're leaking. Come October when we're 10th with a minus 20 goal difference and Rafa is top of the league in Spain & Ancelotti similarly in Italy they'll say they looked at them too.

 

It's club stewardship to appease social media rather than win trophies.

 

 

 

Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce or Paul Lambert

"Premiership proven". :( Edited by Cam
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Is this review gonna be like those annual appraisals you do in work where you say stuff like 'I have to work better on my time co-ordination and stress management' just to pacify the organisation (the fans in this case) even though everyone knows it's bulls***.

They're gonna be pull him up in going off script in his press conferences.

 

He's supposed to say stuff like, "Before the match I was dunkin' a donut into a pint of Carlsberg and I thought..."

 

"Last season we had a team of warriors, but with the signing of Benteke we're looking for a new balance."

 

"Until I have a Thomas Cook at the replay, I can't be sure what happened".

 

If he can sort that out, his job's safe.

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Liverpool’s transfer committee will also come under scrutiny after a number of last summer’s buys failed to deliver.

 

The club’s owners, The Fenway Sports Group, will demand a much improved recruitment policy this time around knowing that the fans have become disillusioned.

Yay, reassuring to know these changes are happening so close to the transfer window being officially opened (more so when you think clubs will have been lining up summer moves for months already). It should have been happening from October/November when it was clear the dealings last summer were poor. It all smacks of another FSG letter on 1st September apologising for the lack of action over the summer but if we give the new policies time to bed in...

 

In fairness, the lack of January action *may* be an indication that such a review has been ongoing.

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Yes. He has faults. He has his qualities.

He's not the worst, he's nowhere near the best, but like much else at the club we need to do better. Last season was abysmal, and he needs to carry much of the responsibility for that. He should go

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A year ago he was up there with the very best. We know Manchester City were strongly considering moving for him. A year later things have gone off the rails. I want us to make the change too.

 

I still think Rodgers is a very good manager who will have a very good career though,

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A year ago he was up there with the very best. We know Manchester City were strongly considering moving for him. A year later things have gone off the rails. I want us to make the change too.

 

I still think Rodgers is a very good manager who will have a very good career though,

Rodgers has been a good player coach with some, that's proven. But as a club manager, where responsibility extends beyond the practice pitch he needs more experience, whether that is at LFC or not. He needs to recognise his weaknesses, like admitting he needed help- like some experienced defensive coach after last season
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Liverpool FC alternative review: The Bernabeu experiment, Brendan Rodgers' strange switch and Dejan Lovren
17:00, 30 MAY 2015 BY IAN DOYLE
Ian Doyle provides his unique take on a hugely disappointing term for the Reds
Days after the dismal FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa, Brendan Rodgers was offered a chance to assess Liverpool’s campaign.
“Where we sit now, at this moment in time, in fifth place and having reached two cup semi-finals, that’s probably really on par with where we’re at,” said the Reds boss.
By finishing sixth, then, Liverpool can, in the words of their manager, be described as having a ‘below par’ season.
That, though, only scratches the surface of one of the club’s most dismal campaigns of the Premier League era.
It was there from the moment a frustrated Luis Suarez sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini: this wasn’t going to be an easy season for Rodgers and Liverpool.
Suarez had informed the Reds before the World Cup of his desire to leave, but his aberration in Brazil made it that little bit more difficult to agree a deal for his departure to Barcelona.
With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo unavailable, Liverpool knew it would be impossible to replace Suarez.
They couldn’t, however, have envisaged it being so difficult to attract a new forward, ultimately settling on Mario Balotelli only weeks after Rodgers had stated he wasn’t interested in the Italian.
The Reds boss should have trusted his instincts.
Elsewhere, their close season transfer dealings underwhelmed, especially given the carrot of Champions League football.
Fenway Sports Group’s transfer committee had always been viewed with great suspicion by supporters, and last summer’s business has only increased the scrutiny.
Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic – bought for a combined total that surpassed the £75million recouped from the sale of Suarez – were all reasonably young but with little experience in the Champions League.
Can was the only qualified success, and even then the German’s confidence was shattered by bizarrely being employed at right-back for the dire closing weeks of the season.
Early doubts increased when an unconvincing home win over Southampton on the opening day was followed by a sound 3-1 defeat at champions Manchester City the following week.
The tone was set.
Having come so close to finally lifting the Premier League in exhilarating fashion, there was always a fear Liverpool would take time to come to terms with their narrow failure.
Not least as recent history suggested whenever the Reds have gone close to lifting their 19th title – in 1991, 1997, 2002 and 2009 – the fall-out has been both sudden and severe.
So it proved once more.
And it wasn’t just the team that appeared affected.
The Anfield crowd were subdued, although they weren’t given much to shout about – Liverpool won only 14 of 28 home games this season, and one of those was a Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out success against Middlesbrough.
The weight of expectation was too much to bear for many players, too many of the supposed senior men unable to help shoulder the burden for the new arrivals.
Only when they slipped almost entirely from view in late autumn were Liverpool able to regroup – until they once again refused to answer the door when opportunity came knocking, starting with the pivotal clashes against Manchester United and Arsenal in the spring.
With his team humiliated 3-0 at home by Real Madrid in October, two weeks later Rodgers made the polarising move to rest key players in the Champions League return ahead of the weekend’s Premier League game with leaders Chelsea.
It was a decision that had far-reaching effects, not least helping make up the mind of Steven Gerrard that he was no longer a first-team regular for Liverpool.
Don’t forget, it was the chance of playing in such high-profile games that prompted Gerrard to retire from international football after the World Cup.
Rodgers would argue he was being pragmatic. But many – including this reporter – were hugely critical that it sent out a message Liverpool didn’t believe they could win the match, denting their reputation among Europe’s elite.
Liverpool’s Champions League nadir was still to come with a timid 1-1 home draw to Basel that sent them tumbling out.
The man whose late goal gave the Reds hope? Gerrard, of course.
And the skipper was injured when Besiktas ensured an early Europa League exit, Rodgers falling at the first hurdle in both European competitions.
Only after the Basel loss did Rodgers finally rip up his masterplan and start afresh by unveiling a three-man defence at Old Trafford in the following match with Raheem Sterling up front.
A 3-0 defeat didn’t augur well. However, slowly but surely, Liverpool regained their footing, claimed notable scalps in Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, and for a few months were arguably playing the most impressive football in the country.
It couldn’t last. But when their top-four hopes were effectively dashed by successive defeats to United and Arsenal, Rodgers swiftly and curiously reverted to a back four.
Such a move meant Liverpool ended the season the way they began it, with a series of inconsistent, incomprehensible displays culminating in a biggest defeat in more than 50 years at Stoke City.
Rodgers could at least point to the runs to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup and FA Cup, the furthest he had reached in either competition as a manager.
The manner in which the Reds went toe-to-toe with Chelsea in the last four of the League Cup raised hopes of going one better against Aston Villa in their FA Cup semi-final showdown.
Liverpool’s subsequent appalling display at Wembley, though, highlighted an issue that had been gnawing away for some time.
Does this group of Reds player have the bottle to succeed?
Only by winning something will there be an answer in the affirmative. Until then, it’s a question that hangs heavy.
Rodgers was compelled to field questions on his future after the 6-1 defeat at Stoke, but FSG have shown no appetite for removing their man ahead of the usual end-of-season review.
But change is in the air, whether than be in terms of personnel, transfer committee policy or style of play.
Certainly, the names on Liverpool’s wanted list – Christian Benteke, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne – would suggest a tweaking of Rodgers’ usual tactical approach.
The redevelopment of Anfield continues apace and ideally FSG would want the newly-fashioned stadium, scheduled to be finished next summer, to be given the exposure of Champions League football.
And the departure of Gerrard has confirmed Liverpool are now entering a new era.
Player of the season: Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian, like the rest of his team-mates, underwhelmed massively during the opening months of the campaign, but was such a catalyst from December onwards he was voted in the PFA Team of the Year and shortlisted for the Player of the Year award. Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling also deserve a mention.
Must do better: Everybody, basically. But none more so than Dejan Lovren, whose exorbitant £20million price tag has genuinely hampered his game. Rarely has a player appeared so nervy in a Liverpool shirt, while a tendency to rush into challenges which still persists suggests someone who remains far too eager to impress.
Performance of the season: That there are arguably only three games worth mentioning highlights the paucity of Liverpool's quality, and all came within a three-week period. While impressive in defeating Tottenham Hotspur at home and Southampton away, the 2-1 Anfield triumph over Manchester City harked back to the previous campaign and gave a glimmer of false hope for the spring.

 


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