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Will Liverpool stand by Brendan Rodgers?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rodgers is coming under increasing pressure
Rodgers is coming under increasing pressure

Another night, another calamity for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and as his miserable season edges towards a close, you wonder whether his paymasters will soon lose patience.

Just a day after optimist-in-chief proclaimed his belief that Liverpool would be ready to challenge for the Premier League title next season, a Michael Dawson goal gave Hull 1-0 victory against the Reds and the Anfield club to a tenth defeat of the season. 

The surge in form over the first few weeks of 2015 has been replaced with a return to the pessimism of the second half of 2014 for Liverpool in the last month, with defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal backed up by an FA Cup semi-final loss against Aston Villa at Wembley.

Throw in last weekend's 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion and this latest setback and you have a tale of woe that is even more acute that than which saw Liverpool's owners dispense of the services of Anfield icon Kenny Dalglish in ruthless fashion three years ago.

Dalglish had won the League Cup for Liverpool a few weeks before he was dismissed and also guided the club to the FA Cup final, but Rodgers has not such lines of defence to offer up as his end of season post-mortem with his bosses beckons.

His second place finish in last season's Premier League looks increasingly like it was fuelled by the brilliance of the departed Luis Suarez and as Rodgers tried to sum up his latest setback, it was clear he is running out of excuses. 

"I spoke to the players at the end and I told them that we have an obligation to fight right to the end of the season," said a deflated Liverpool boss.

"We wanted to be in that top four but it was always going to be difficult for us with the way our season mapped itself out. But we are looking to get momentum to take us through to next season.

"We didn't look like scoring - we had enough of the ball but we never really threatened and we were disappointed with the goal we conceded.

"The players put great energy into the game and they worked very hard, but their struggles tonight were the same as they have been for a great part of the season in terms of creativity and scoring goals."

Amid the latest woeful Liverpool display, the news that Jurgen Klopp had guided his Borussia Dortmund side to a victory against mighty Bayern Munich in the German Cup on Tuesday night (and he is seen celebrating the win below) reminding all who may ponder Rodgers future that there is another option out there for the club's American decision makers.

Would they really dump the Irishman who was hailed as the ideal man to see through a plan that involved the purchase of rising stars who can be honed into valuable assets that can guide Liverpool to trophy glory?

Such a prospect seemed impossible to imagine as Rodgers was named as Manager of the Year last May before being handed a lucrative new as a reward for his efforts.

A little under a year after he was being hailed as a modern day tactical master, Rodgers now looks like something very different and if his job was not under threat up to this point, it certainly must be now.

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