Is Brendan Rodgers on the brink at Liverpool?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been plunged into a crisis he may not be able to emerge from at Anfield - with his own future now under scrutiny like never before.
Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat against Aston Villa confirmed that he is destined to be the first Liverpool manager since Phil Taylor in the late 1950s to not win a trophy in his first three seasons as Liverpool boss and the reaction in the hours since their feeble display has highlighted growing discontent among the club's supporters.
With captain Steven Gerrard leaving at the end of the season and the futures of star men Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling equally uncertain, many are now calling for a fresh start at Liverpool that will be orchestrated by a new manager.
The availability of departing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp - who confirmed he is quitting his current role this summer - confirms that a bright, bold and new face could be ushered into the Liverpool dressing room quickly. And a man with a proven track record of winning as well.
While Rodgers deserved the praise that came his way as he led Liverpool to an improbable second place finish in the Premier League last season, his failure to build on that near miss and his horrible record in the transfer market
Having spent over £210m on players in his three years as Reds boss, only Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho can be hailed as successful purchases and in a game where the average job manager lasts in a job for 11 months, Rodgers must be on borrowed time.
With #rodgersout becoming an increasingly popular hashtag being used on Twitter in the last day or so - and not just from Manchester United fans revelling in the discomfort of a character they have long viewed as something of a comical figure - the pressure is mounting.
Out of Top 4. Champions League. Europa league and FA cup yet some still describe/parade Rodgers as some sort of tactical genius. Get a grip— Craig Burley (@CBurleyESPN) April 19, 2015
You can't keep defending the indefensible, it's time for a change #RodgersOut— The Kop End (@_TheKopEnd_) April 20, 2015
Liverpool's owners didn't waste any time in off-loading club legend Kenny Dalglish when he failed to live up to their exacting standards at the end of the 2011-12 season, and that was after victory in the League Cup final and an appearance in the FA Cup final.
Rodgers' record this season doesn't even cone close to that, so it is easy to appreciate why this eloquent and still unproven tactician does not know whether he will be in charge of Liverpool come the first day of next season.
The modern game has no room for sentiment, no room of sympathy, even for a manager who has clearly made some strides forward with Liverpool in the last three years.
Should Rodgers be sacked? That is a question only Liverpool's owners can answer and we will not have to wait long to find out what they decide.
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