On this day 4th October 2015 was a very significant in our most recent history. After a hard fought 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park, Fenway Sports Group made the decision to sack manager, Brendan Rodgers.
This decision came after a poor start for Liverpool in the 2015/16 season. The general consensus of opinion was that the decision was made before the game and Rodgers apparently was aware of that.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of Rodgers’ last game as Liverpool boss. By the way, it was great to see Danny Ings net on the day. Such a shame he has suffered some really bad injury setbacks.
On This Day 4th October 2015
So, what of the decision to sack Rodgers? There were many fans who felt that Rodgers should have gone at the end of the 2014/15 season. The 2014/15 season should have seen Liverpool at least consolidate their position in the elite of the Premier League top 4. After all hopes were high after the “oh so close” season before. The 2013/14 season was the nearest Liverpool had come to ending their League title drought.
We did finish runners-up to eventual champions Manchester City. However, we were red hot favourites to win as the season entered the latter stages. But a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea and a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace handed the initiative to Manchester City. Liverpool ended the season two points behind champions Manchester City.
The summer transfer activity saw Luis Suarez leave for Barcelona. The proceeds of this £75m sale went towards Liverpool’s £117m outlay on 10 new arrivals at Anfield. Not surprisingly, expectations were high as the new 2014/15 season commenced.
However, it did not take long for those expectations to implode. In the first 19 games, Liverpool only accumulated 26 points from a possible 57. This equalled our worst league start for 50 years. We also were eliminated from the Champions League at the first hurdle, finishing 3rd in their group.
Slight Improvement In The New Year
Despite the terrible form up to Christmas, we did recover after Christmas. The highlight being a 12-match unbeaten run. This raised hopes of a Champions League qualification. This turned out to be a false dawn as we ended the season poorly. We only won twice in our last eight games. This ended all hopes of Champions League qualification for the 2015/16 season. We did however seal Europa League qualification for 2015-2016 thanks to Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final.
We exited both domestic Cup tournaments at the semi final stage. Aston Villa beat us in the FA Cup at Wembley, while Chelsea put us out of the Capital One Cup.
This season also signalled the end of captain Steven Gerrard’s spell at the club. Thus ending his 17-year spell with the club. Gerrard’s final game was quite spectacular for all the wrong reasons for Liverpool. An emphatic 6-1 hammering from Stoke City ensured Gerrard’s swansong was not a happy one. The summer also saw Raheem Sterling being sold to Manchester City for £50m.
Onto the 2015/16 Season
There were many that thought Rodgers should have gone after the 6-1 mauling by Stoke. The club’s owners stuck by Rodgers however, so he was still at the helm when the 2015/16 season started. A fairly disastrous start to the however saw Rodgers pay the ultimate price. With the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Frank de Boer and Jurgen Klopp being available, the pressure on Rodgers was immense.
After the 2013/14 season it was such a shame to see Rodgers’ Liverpool career unravel. Clearly, losing Luis Suarez had a massive impact on events. Who wouldn’t miss such a talent. He was irreplaceable. Armed with the Suarez money, Rodgers didn’t spend wisely at it turned out. One major addition, Christian Benteke, turned out to be a bad move for both parties. The writing was on the wall for some time for Rodgers, so it was no surprise to see him go on this day 4th October 2015.
After a short spell out of the game, Rodgers is now manager at Glasgow Celtic.