If you think Enda Kenny is having it tough at the minute, take a second to feel for Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford means that Brendan Rodgers’ men are 12 points worse off than at the same point last season. It also means that they have won just two of the last 10 games in all competitions. They’ve crashed out of the Champions League, are 18 points off table-toppers Chelsea, seven points away from the top four and face what is now a daunting League Cup tie away to Bournemouth on Wednesday.
That’s Bournemouth who are unbeaten in 12 games and haven’t lost at home since September 16.
Whenever a big side goes on a losing run these days, it seems natural to compare said team to David Moyes‘ reign at Manchester United. It’s hardly a ringing endorsement of Moyes’ stint at the Old Trafford helm, but it gives us a decent measuring stick to just how poorly a team could be doing. Unfortunately it makes for further bleak reading for the Liverpool gaffer.
Brendan Rodgers has won just six of his opening 16 league games this season – and lost two more than David Moyes had done at the same stage last season. Luis Suarez’s departure to sunny Spain and the bright lights of Barcelona, combined with Daniel Sturridge’s weetabix legs and Mario Balotelli’s inability to hit a cow’s arse with a banjo, mean that the Reds have scored just 19 goals – they’d managed more than double that (39) at this stage last year.
They’ve also conceded four goals more, and when you consider they were hardly watertight last season, that doesn’t bode well for Simon Mignolet’s CV. Throw in the fact that Rodgers has spent the guts of £200m in the transfer window and you can understand why the owners might be getting an itchy trigger finger.
The bad news for Liverpool punters is that if you’d been putting £5 on the Reds to win each game this season – you’d currently be making a loss of £45. It’s hardly much of an improvement, but at the same stage last season you’d be £40 down with David Moyes’ Manchester United. Still making a loss, and having to watch some terrible football, but marginally better. Like having to listen to Justin Beiber’s albums from front to back, compared to having to listen to Justin Beiber’s album while Floyd Mayweather gives you a few jabs to the groin.
So does that mean Brendan Rodgers is a dead-man walking? Not in the literal sense, more is he the next top flight manager to receive his P45 along with a decent chunk of cash? The odds suggest he might be. He is now as short as 2/1 to get the sack, with just Leicester manager Nigel Pearson ahead of him in the race to get the boot.