Brendan Rodgers has had a mixed start to his life as manager at Liverpool Football Club.
The Reds’ embarrassing 3-1 loss to Stoke City put the pressure back on the Ulsterman who could only guide his team to a modest points total at the end of December, which incidentally happens to be an all-time low for the Merseysiders since the inception of the Premier League.
However, Liverpool ran out comfortable winners against a struggling QPR XI, working hard to avoid relegation under new manager Harry Redknapp.
Rodgers unfortunately couldn’t take to the field as the gaffer caught a mystery bug that meant he had to be sent back home in order to avoid a break out of illness amongst other team members. Although it went all awry on the personal side for Rodgers, his team won convincingly by a 0-3 score line.
Liverpool play hosts to Sunderland on Wednesday in their first fixture of 2013, the result of which may determine and influence the Reds’ final league position mightily.
But what if Sunderland upsets Liverpool, which in turn results in the team losing the plot for the rest of the season?
What if Rodgers once again fumbles with his targets in the transfer window?
What if the failures of the team at the end of the season prompt stars like Luis Suarez and Pepe Reina to put in a transfer request?
What if Fenway Sports Group decide that they have seen enough and Rodgers ends up filling his P45 at the end of May just like Kenny Dalglish did a little over six months ago?
In such a scenario, these following candidates would emerge as potential successors...