Really great read here. I like Martinez a lot and Rodgers is okay but both are flawed. Martinez should be doing a lot better with this Everton side and maybe he’ll put some of his new billionaire money towards more defensive signings. Or maybe he’ll find time to be pragmatic.
Lots of work to do based on the first half and some of the second in that opener against Stoke City. Still trying to figure out what certain players were tasked with doing during that game.
True. This looks like a make or break season for Rodgers. Another host of signings need to get into a groove quickly or else he may be one of the first to go this season. Those who underperformed last season need to step up as well. Very big season for Rodgers
Well the signings of Danny Ings and James Milner kind of go back to that moneyball approach.
Ings is a player with potential that they got for free and any eventual compensation will still not be too costly especially if he improves and performs.
Milner is extremely undervalued and underrated and came for free too and improves the team already.
They should probably just stick with this and buy smart. They are certainly learning from last summer.
Brendan Rodgers will continue to be analyzed until he either gets sacked or does something special with Liverpool. I was 100% with him staying on until the loss to Stoke City but now I’m not so sure.
There wasn’t progress this season, that’s correct, but as the article below states Rodgers had to fight on a lot of fronts and deal with a lot of stuff on and off the pitch. Maybe he could’ve done better but who knows.
I don’t think anyone should write of the signings made last summer as there’s always the potential for them to get better. Except for Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli, the other signings were basically talented youngsters. There will be more transfer moves this summer and I think they’ll learn from last summer and how it affected this season.
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Nods head. True. Most Liverpool fans won’t agree but Brendan Rodgers deserves at least one more year. A lot of managers would have had similar troubles picking up from the loss of Luis Suarez and a constantly injured Daniel Sturridge. He did fail at times but he’s not suddenly incapable of managing Liverpool.
Ha! This is hilarious. It’s not meant to be, I doubt its meant to be serious either even with the body language expert but pretty much all the comments made me chuckle. Wenger, lol.
Is the author right? There’s definitely some good points in there that make me very curious to see how Philippe Coutinho would do in a prolonged spell in that role.
I’ll admit that I’ve thought of him as a No. 10 as well, but one who was versatile enough to play out wide and further back in midfield. The comments about the skills of Brazilian midfielders in today’s game is true as they are all, mostly, workmanlike with some creativity.
Rodgers definitely needs to think of everything possible to win his upcoming games or he’ll really be in hot water. Wonder if he reads FourFourTwo.
Brendan Rodgers is definitely running out of time to fix things. As the author states, he needs to get back to the basics and get Liverpool back to the basics.
While other struggling big teams, Arsenal and Manchester United, have at least been up and down, Liverpool has just been plain poor all season and have been lucky to win some of the games they have. Should be interesting against Manchester United tomorrow.
My piece for BallsyBanter.com on Liverpool’s start to the season, and all their problems.