Liverpool FC: An Open Letter to Manager Brendan Rodgers
You walked in to replace our king as manager of Liverpool Football Club at a point when its morale was at an all-time low.
It has been 22 years without a league title and not a single day has gone by without having to listen to the jibes of Manchester United supporters, now that they are all high and mighty.
Our hope and indeed our wish is to be crowned champion of England once again. And we do realise that you are in there for the long run and, just like any other manager, would want to see your team succeed.
Well, six months have come and gone since you assumed power taking over from Kenny Dalglish. And just as you promised, we’ve seen encouraging signs with the team.
Even though we’ve stopped short of becoming a cheap copy of FC Barcelona, we are very much a passing unit and this has helped raise the intensity in our game. But, bear in mind, we are still a long way off getting back to playing “the Liverpool way,” a style of football that would put the likes of present-day Barca to shame.
When Steve Clarke’s boys whipped us inside out on Matchday 1, we doubted you. But you have since come to dispel our uncertainties with your slow and steady grip on the ship.
We respect your decision to mix youth with experience and must thank you for having given us so much of Suso and Sterling.
Your transfers were strange and seemed like you wanted your stamp on scheme of things. Joe Allen started good but has since then gone into a shell and is now highly obscure.
The gaffes of the summer transfer window are still afresh in our minds and we expect you to steer clear of such difficulties this time, as we had found ourselves with the lone striker in Luis Suarez after you let Andy Carroll leave.
You’ve bought a sense of likability to this club with the style of football and the way you handle yourselves in the media.
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The respect you show your peers is the same you show for the club’s heritage and history. And we understand that when you chose to hang the portrait of Bill Shankly in your cabin and restored the original "This is Anfield" sign.
However, we also expect you to make Anfield the fortress it used to be once again. But, if we are to let teams like Aston Villa push us around at home and embarrass us, then I’m sorry you have so far let us down in that aspect.
Let this be on your mind when the season winds up to a close in another five months’ time. It’s been three years since this club has seen the light of Champions League action and now with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the mix of things, the bid to get up there has gotten ever tougher.
Even if you don’t win us the league in the next two years, promise that you’ll consistently get us up into fourth place and beyond. We want you to do what Arsene Wenger has done successfully with the Arsenal in the past 15 years.
Only money brings success and although we need not depend on a sheikh’s hefty wallet for the purpose, we need to depend on income from Champions League in order to keep hold of our stars and attract newer ones.
Because know that your job doesn’t end with safely seeing Liverpool to a seventh-place finish and arguing that it was a major achievement. We’ll know that you’ve failed when Luis Suarez demands to leave.
But Brendan, we want you to realise that you’re at the best club too. Because we’ll give you support that is unparalleled across the league.
We’ll back you and your every decision as long as it does help us in reaching our mutual destination.
You’re in good hands, Brendan. We hope that our club too is.
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