Shortly after the full time whistle on Monday night, and just seconds after the pre-match bet365 latest football odds were shattered in style by the away side, well-known radio phone-in received calls from disgruntled Reds fans suggesting boss Brendan Rodger’s system of football isn’t working and that his job is now untenable.
Granted, we can all appreciate a 2-0 defeat at home to West Brom is not the kind of result we are used to seeing at Anfield, but to call for the manager’s head on this occasion is simply wrong.
Even the most devout of Liverpool fans must realise this team is not in a situation as yet to challenge at the top of the table. Supporters may be frustrated, but to get rid of a manager now would be to start from scrap again and we cannot afford to keep losing our patience. The best Liverpool sides in history took time to develop and these players have proven they are heading in the right direction.
Fans may not be happy about recent results, but bar an FA Cup loss to Oldham our form has been good, as any genuine fan who follows the football betting news will know deep down. Away draws to Manchester City and Arsenal – both clubs with far greater resources than ourselves at the moment – come after three league wins on the trot at Anfield.
Results against Norwich, Sunderland and Fulham prove we can see off bottom-half teams with ease and although the West Brom result was a shock had Steven Gerrard netted his penalty we’d all be eyeing up Europe.
Performances like these can only help Rodger’s men grow into their new system and with this secure base we can excel next year. No one at the start of the season realistically expected us to challenge for a Champions League post and that task will come next season when Rodgers thoroughly bloods his young side.
Dynasties are not made overnight and Liverpool need time to rise again. This may sound like a pro-Henry, pro-Rodgers piece but the most important thing for the club right now is stability, and in this boss we will eventually get it.