RODGERS ISN’T DOING THIS THING THAT I WANT HIM TO DO. HAD ENOUGH. #RODGERSOUT
Oh how quickly the fickle winds of Liverpool fans change. Not 6 months ago we were all nursing our wounds over missing out on what would’ve been a historic league win. We were proud. We held our heads high as this brave, crazy blood red team said “fuck you” to established thinking and went and nearly did what everyone said was impossible.
We had Gerrard forcing us forward, Henderson running 50 miles a game, Sturridge on the form of his life and Suárez terrorising everyone like Taz the Tasmanian devil hopped up on amphetamines. It was glorious, and despite the current revisionist thinking, it was lead by one man. Brendan. Fucking. Rodgers.
This man, small in size but with balls the size of planets controlled the chaos and nurtured it, overseeing the maddest, trickiest reds you’ve ever laid eyes on. We blew teams away. It was like watching a blood-lusted Bruce Lee fighting a bewildered 8 year old. It was brutal, you couldn’t stop watching. We were a force of nature he was the man orchestrating it, he showed us what was possible, what could be achieved.
How easily it’s all forgotten. How quickly some are to tweak that seasons narrative. It’s suddenly Brendan who cost us the league. It was Suárez basically managing the team last year. It was all down to the players. We all knew he was just fluking it.
Football is impatient. You’re constantly being judged, every game, every decision, every 5 minute spell, every press conference and interview, its all broken down and analysed a thousand different ways so we can prove a conclusion we’ve already decided upon. It’s bullshit.
I keep seeing people throwing various arguments and concerns about. “He doesn’t take any chances”, despite the fact he changes formations, personnel and systems constantly. “He’s too stubborn”, no one has yet to actually tell me what this means, but I’m going to assume it’s basically the inclusion of Lovren and/or Skrtel in most games. We can debate that back four until the end of time, they’re all pretty shit and none of them have consistently shown they’re good enough to deserve a place, it’s a judgement call. He’s not leaving out the growth hormone enhanced love child of Thiago Silva and Franz Beckenbauer, its Kolo Toure. “He wont play this player.” Yeah, how dare he leave out such world class talent as Fabio Borini with all of his 2 goals in 28 games for Liverpool, a player who everyone was praying would fuck off to QPR before September.
People are putting all of the blame, all of their frustration squarely on Rodgers, and while he has made errors this season, believing he is solely responsible for this season is deluded. He wasn’t the one who wouldn’t stump up the money for Sanchez (or Costa, or Mkhitaryan etc). He wasn’t alone in not finding a suitable Suárez replacement. He isn’t the one missing gilt edged chances or not tracking runners. Everyone at the club from owners to players deserves their share of this shit pie we’ve been serving up.
If you want a manager out 6 months after nearly winning the league, because we’ve had a bad run, ignoring mitigating circumstances like losing one of the best players on the planet, having your main striker constantly on the treatment table because an owl faced bunglecunt decided to “test his resolve”. We have Gerrard getting noticeably older and new signings failing to bed in instantly, if you want him gone, then we’re back at square one. Rip the plan up, start again, get someone else in for 12 months until we’re sick of him not playing our new saviour Emre Can or Alberto Moreno and we can start the circus again. Round and round we go, constantly at the start of a new 5 year plan because the other plan we had wasn’t delivering titles fast enough.
Aren’t we sick of this? Aren’t we all tired of being in a constant managerial whirlwind? Good managers can have bad seasons. Benítez can’t get anywhere near the title in Italy, which everyone agrees is basically the Aquaman of European leagues. Klopp is having an even worse time at Dortmund, one point off the bottom just two years after getting to a Champions League final, but if either were sacked you’d have fans making shit petitions on Twitter to John Henry urging him to #BRINGRAFAHOME.
You have to view the bigger picture. People would take Klopp here because he’s shown what he can do. So why isn’t Brendan afforded that luxury? Cut it any way you like, but he nearly won us a league title, and he did so utilising Jon Flanagan at left back. That should buy him at least some slack to see him through a rough patch, surely? Doesn’t taking a team from 7th to 2nd and back into the Champions League within 2 years deserve at least a season more before we bring out the fucking pitchforks?
I’m open to criticism of managers, no one should follow blindly, questioning and debating decisions is part and parcel of football. But the “sack everyone, its all shit, start again, burn it all down, let’s see some heads on pikes” attitude helps no one and makes our fan-base look as bad as Arsenal’s, with the Piers Morgan lead WENGER IN/WENGER OUT hokey cokey cuntfest. Fuck being like them.
I don’t want our manager to constantly live on a 6 month trial. Forever in fear that a few bad results will cost him his job because the fans won’t take anything less than instant results. We used to laugh at clubs who operated like that. This was supposed to be a long term plan, we were all sold on this after Kenny, but people now want to burn it down and start again halfway through a poor season and replace him with one of those abundant top tier managers that wants to leave their current club to come here to Entitlement FC.