Why it keeps happening to me??
LFC boss is spending big money again, replacing one quality player with dozens of rather mediocre ones. So it’s probably good time to sum up how it’s been working out for him so far, during the three long years out there at Scousers’ den.
I knew it’s been bad. I knew it was going to be ridiculous at times. But I didn’t know how weird it will be to compile all Brenny’s ventures since he arrived at Anfield. For a future reference, all Liverpool fans: this is how your team fared so far under Brendan Rodgers. I’ll probably quote this post several times next season, while reviewing the signings of Milner, Ings, Clyne, Firmino and Benteke.
1 June 2012 Two weeks after Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, Liverpool announce the signing of Swansea’s manager Brendan Rodgers. This 39-years old, talented head coach from North Ireland is famous for keeping The Swans away from the relegation in 2011-12 campaign, despite all odds and predictions. Upon his arrival on a 3-year contract, Rodgers claims he will ‘fight for his life’ to bring the league title to Anfield.
13 July 2012 Rodgers signs his first player in LFC. He spends £10,4 million on AS Roma forward Fabio Borini. The lad then fails to make any major impact and scores just 3 goals in 38 appearances for Liverpool. Ironically, his best performances come along when he’s loaned out to Sunderland for 2013-14 season.
10 August 2012 Swansea’s midfielder Joe Allen pens his contract for LFC. Rodgers spends £15 million and lauds the lad for ‘his ability to control and dominate the ball’. As it turns out later, ‘The Welsh Xavi’ scores only 4 goals and 2 assists in 95 games for The Reds – a record worse than the one he had for The Swans.
Here he comes – Xavi The Spanish Joe Allen
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) June 6, 2015
23 September 2012 Liverpool lose 1-2 at home to Manchester United, registering the fifth game without a win since the 2012-13 Premier League started. After dominating the game for almost an hour and scoring once despite having Jonjo Shelvey sent off, The Reds collapsed in the second half, eventually succumbing to Van Persie’s late penalty.
31 October 2012 In a prestigious game, Rodgers loses to his former club Swansea 1-3 at Anfield, crashing out of the League cup. Welsh fans who travelled to the game heat up the banter, chanting ‘Brendan, what’s the score?’ late in the second half.
1 January 2013 The Reds celebrate New Year’s Eve at #10 spot in the league, 10 points behind the Champions League qualification zone. Exactly the same point difference separates them from Wigan, who spend the first day of the year as EPL’s #18.
2 January 2013 Rodgers’ first fully successful signing: Daniel Sturridge joins Liverpool from Chelsea for £12 million. He’ll soon score 41 goals in 67 games in red shirt. However, out of two and a half year at Anfield, he’ll also spend the total of 1 year, 2 weeks and 5 days recovering from various kinds of injuries.
27 January 2013 Third Division team Oldham Athletic scores a shocking upset over LFC, beating them 3-2 and eliminating The Reds from FA Cup. Rodgers fields four forwards for that game (Suárez, Sterling, Borini and Sturridge), but they’re all overshadowed by towering striker Matt Smith, who scores two goals to help in Latics’ surprising victory.
30 January 2013 Coutinho arrives at Anfield for £8.5 million. The ex-Inter Milan player will later become one of LFC’s leaders and get 16 goals and 21 assists in 102 games for the club. He’ll also be included in PFA 2014-15 EPL’s team of the season.
Some said it was undeserved, but he got there and that’s what matters.
21 February 2013 Liverpool are eliminated from the Europa League following their 3-1 victory over Zenit that was not enough to turn around the aggregate score after previous 0-2 away loss. Despite the outcome, the boss praises players, who came back from 0-1 down only to crash out of the competition due to away goals rule.
19 May 2013 Coutinho scores as the team narrowly beats QPR at home 1-0 and finishes league campaign as #7, with 61 points, 28 points behind winners Manchester United and 9 points behind the UEFA Europa League qualification spot. After scoring 7 wins, 4 draws and only 1 loss in the last 12 games, Rodgers expresses the wish for the season to had lasted longer.
22-27 June 2013 In a span of just five days, Rodgers spends £22 million to sign Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Simon Mignolet. Only the goalie will later turn out to be a valuable member of the first team, albeit not without few serious setbacks either.
2 July 2013 Kolo Touré joins LFC from Manchester City on a free transfer. He’ll be later responsible for a number of defensive calamities, benched and then, re-emerge in 2014-15 season, playing somewhat better than the other centre-backs Rodgers has at that time. 2 September 2013 – Another busy day for Brendan, as he splashes yet another £22 million on Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori. LFC ends the summer frenzy with £44 million worth of spendings and £27 million worth of earnings.
25 September 2013 It’s Manchester United again, who shatter Liverpool’s dreams, as they take them out 1-0 in League Cup’s Third Round. This time, the critical factor is Javier Hernández, who scores the winner just 39 seconds after the start of the second half. Afterwards, Rodgers call his team’s performance ‘magnificent’ and ‘terrific’.
23 November 2013 The Reds draw 3-3 in a crazy derby against Everton, maintaining #2 spot in the league’s standings with 4 points deficit to Arsenal. Luis Suárez scores a sensational free-kick, but his team is being hit three times from the set-piece situations, underlining the problem that will haunt them through the otherwise formidable season.
Liverpool and Everton are making even Villa look good at defending set pieces today
— Neil Aston (@naston23) November 23, 2013
26-29 December 2013 Liverpool lose two league games in three days. What’s worse, those games are against Manchester City and Chelsea, who later turn out to be their major rivals for the crown. Rodgers’ team will end up earning just 9 points out of 24 it could’ve picked up from the games against top 5 finishers in 2013-14 campaign. The boss calls his team ‘outstanding’ after the Man City game and labels the Chelsea game as ‘a great effort’.
1 January 2014 New Year marks the start of a greatest spell of dominance Liverpool ever enjoyed under Rodgers’ guidance. Out of their next 16 league games, they win 14 and draw two to overtake Arsenal and claim a 5-point lead in EPL’s table. The all-out attack style pays back with 53 goals and the average of 3.31 goal per game. 10 of them are scored by Luis Suárez – at the time, undoubtedly the biggest star of the league.
13 April 2014 The critical matchday against Manchester City. In a rollercoaster of a game, The Reds beat their direct rivals for the title 3-2, earning their 77th league point and a 2-point lead over Chelsea just four games before the season’s finish. With fixtures against Norwich (away), Chelsea (home), Crystal Palace (away) and Newcastle (home), the team is widely expected to capture their first Premier League title after a 24-years long break. Delighted Steven Gerrard yells to his teammates after the final whistle ‘This does not slip!’
25 April 2014 Prior to LFC’s game with Chelsea, Rodgers attends the press conference. Amongst other things, he says: “Look at Tottenham. If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league.”
27 April 2014 After banging their heads off the wall for over an hour, Liverpool lads concede two goals to Chelsea at home, losing 0-2 and painfully complicating their EPL quest for gold. In a game-deciding moment, captain Steven Gerrard slips and gives the ball away to Demba Ba, who scores the opening goal of the game.
5 May 2014 The Reds go to Selhurst Park. If they win this game and win against Newcastle, they shall still have a chance for the title – as they’ll force Man City to win all their remaining three games. However, despite leading 3-0 against Palace, Rodgers’ side concedes three goals late in the game, drawing the game in the end and throwing away the last glimmer of hope of the final victory. The photos of Luis Suárez crying on the pitch after the game hit the newspapers’ sports pages all around the world.
11 May 2014 Liverpool win 2-1 against Newcastle, finishing second in the league, two points short of Manchester City. In a post-match interview Rodgers insists that the team has surpassed the expectations anyway and will continue to grow. Two weeks later, he signs new contract at the club, improving his salary from £3.5 to £5 million per year.
11 July 2014 EPL’s Player of the Season and LFC’s brightest star leaves England. Despite sealing a new, lucrative contract at Anfield earlier this year, Luis Suárez departs to join FC Barcelona for a massive £75 million fee. This virtually preserves a massive war chest Brendan Rodgers will be able to spend on summer signings to compensate for the loss of the Uruguayan.
16 August 2014 ‘They have a choice as a club. They don’t have to sell. Maybe Southampton’s objectives have changed. (…) so, I don’t have sympathy, no.’ This is what Rodgers says about Southampton, as Saints sell their their three leading player to LFC for total amount of £49 million. Later, weakened Southampton proceed to maintain a multiple-point lead over Liverpool for the most of 2014-15 season and finish just 2 points short of Rodgers’ side.
25 August 2014 The signing of Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for £16 million concludes the unprecedented string of transfers, as Liverpool buys 8 new players, spending £117 million in the process. Now, according to Rodgers’ words from April, they should be winning the league in 2014-15 season.
This ain’t Suarez 1.01…
23 November 2014 Another nightmare at Selhurst Park. The Reds lose 1-3. Crystal Palace inflict sixth league defeat on Liverpool in their 12 games so far, equalling the amount of losses they had all through the 2013-14 season. LFC boss claims his players were comfortable on the ball and lost because of their inability to defend the counterattacks.
9 December 2014 Scousers draw 1-1 at home to FC Basel in a must-win game. This means that Liverpool are out of Champions League just after the group stage and will be transferred to Europa League competition. Apart from that, Marković picks up a stupid red card for slapping the opponent, solidifying his status of a transfer flop.
10 February 2015 Mario Balotelli scores his first and only Premier League goal for Liverpool in 2014-15 campaign, securing his team a hard-fought 3-2 win over Tottenham. He will later rot on the bench for his mediocre form and subsequently win all possible rankings that cited the 2014-15 Premier League transfer flops.
If Balo gets the winner I will eat my own shit
— Ross (@RossLFC95) February 10, 2015
26 February 2015 Reds’ spell in Europa League doesn’t last long. They lose 0-1 in Istanbul to Besiktas and go on to lose the penalty shootout to the Turkish side afterwards. Yet another flop, centre-back Dejan Lovren, is responsible for missing the deciding spot-kick.
22 March 2015 A home 1-2 loss to Manchester United ends the traditional winning streak Rodgers’ team enjoyed early in the year. This time, they’ve won 10 and drew three before suffering a loss due to Juan Mata’s two goals. In that game, Steven Gerrard was sent off 38 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute, as he made a horrid tackle on Ander Herrera.
24 May 2015 Steven Gerrard’s farewell doesn’t go to well. In the most humiliating game in years, Liverpool are trashed 1-6 at Stoke in the final game of 2014-15 season. They finish the league sixth, with just 62 points to their name – 22 less than they’ve earned during the previous season. After the heaviest defeat since 1964, Rodgers says he is looking forward to patch the weaknesses during the summer.
6 June 2015 Luis Suárez wins the Champions League with Barcelona, completing the treble and helping to it with dozens of goals.
12 July 2015 Raheem Sterling out to Manchester City for £49 million.
22 July 2015 Christian Benteke joins Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino as Liverpool’s 8th signining this summer. This move means that Brendan Rodgers has already spent £289 million at LFC without winning a single trophy (yet?).