Kimbo wrote:Rodgers seemed to completely abandon what worked for him at Swansea, that was an incredibly dull and defensive team that passed it around the halfway line endlessly, and if they ended the game with the most possession he would see it as a success, regardless of the actual result.
It will be interesting to see where he goes next, I think he's too much of an egomaniac to drop down a level in England, I see him following Moyes abroad.
He's taking time out but I think he needs to either move abroad or go to a club with less expectation.
I've mentioned this before but I think 3 key things cost Rodgers in the end:
1) Defensive organisation. It became the norm to expect us to ship embarassing goals near enough every game. Defending set pieces was shameful. There was no communication between keeper and the centre backs and playing Lovren over Sakho for so long was nothing short of lunacy. Mignolet was a poor signing. Rodgers seemed to realise this when he dropped him 'indefinitely' for one game last season but then instead of replacing him, he signed Bogdan who is equally not up to the standard. Mignolet epitomises everything wrong with our club over the last 5 years - poor quality, poor mentality and certainly not good enough to start for us.
2) Lack of big game management. We won 1 away game against the top 4 during Rodgers' tenure and that was at Old Trafford when United were managed by Moyes. It's an awful record; we had already lost those games before we walked on the pitch. The Gerrard slip wasn't surprising - we just always fuked up those big game situations.
3) Poor transfers. The only good buys were Coutinho and Sturrdge. A few from this summer may prove to be good as well but so much dross signed and sold quickly. Origi looks a prime example of this. Markovic and Balotelli were laughable signings - 40 million dumped down a drain.
I think it all rested on winning that title. Perhaps that would have secured the winning mentality in the squad and Rodgers certainly would have been afforded more time after that but it just wasn't meant to be.
Still more enjoyable than Dalglish and Hodgson. Better football played than Houllier in some respects but doesn't come close to Rafa.