So when does it it officially become acceptable to air your concerns as a football supporter, when things are happening within your club that don’t seem right? Most people who follow me on twitter or have read my previous posts are well aware I am far from being a negative supporter, in fact I am often accused of viewing things through red tinted spectacles, however in the last week I have tweeted a few things, where I have been accused of turning on Brendan Rodgers.
First of all, I am not turning on anyone, I have been a Liverpool supporter for 27 years and have never turned on a manager or player, unless it was without doubt that they were having a negative affect on our club. Roy Hodgson for me was the last person I decided was not good enough for our club, and I aasume that was the majority concensus.
Brendan Rodgers has been at Liverpool nowhere near long enough for us to judge him on the whole as a Liverpool manager, but he’s been here long enough to make decisions that fans will agree with and fans won’t agree with. I am a fan which gives me the right to agree with or disagree with the decision he’s made and you have the right to agree or disagree with what I am saying.
When Brendan first arrived he made all the right noises and his soundbites became instantly quotable! He told us we would play the type of football we wanted to see, but told us to be patient and realistic.
The first decision that he got wrong for me, was to insinuate to the media that a 35 million pound 23 year old could be available for loan to other clubs before the player had even arrived back for training. Now we want the best out of players and despite Carroll not having the impact we wanted him to have, towards the end of the season, he was definately one of our better players, had just been underused in euro 2012, and you think would have arrived back in Melwood (or landed in Boston) with the bit between his teeth. However if on holiday he had seen what had been written about him at home, he would have received a metaphorical kick in the balls rather than the advised kick up the arse!
Next to the treatment of our number 5, which is my biggest bone of contention. For years Liverpool fans have been waiting for Daniel Agger to have a relatively injury free season and show the world that he’s the closest thing Liverpool have ever had to Alan Hansen. Without doubt for me Agger had his best season in 2011/12 for Liverpool since his arrival from Bronby in 2005. Not only for him, but his form as far as I am concerned brough out the best in Martin Skrtel, since the Slovakian had arrived. Now I’m not saying Skrtels form was solely down to Agger but their performances this season definately brought the best out of each other, and I was excited about seeing their partnership flourish this season! As of this morning Rodgers was asked about Agger and his response was
“Every player has his price. Daniel is a top player, loves the club. But you can never say never”
I would take that as inviting bids for one of the few world class players we have left, and how are we meant to move forward when, we are weakening ourselves to make other teams in our league stronger.
Rodgers has done a lot of things I’ve liked since his arrival at the club; his bringing back of the red nets and the old anfield sign has brought a smile to my face, from the football we’ve seen no matter how early in its infancy his plan is, is very promising indeed, but its hard to judge him on players thus far as only Borini has arrived.
I do think eventually he will get it right, but we all know that if things don’t improve results wise as soon a s the whistle goes at The Hawthornes, there’ll be more than just a couple of questions.