Brendan Rodgers will leave Liverpool if the club owners want him to go
There was hardly a need for anyone to say it but Brendan Rodgers admitted his side were poor in the 6-1 defeat to Stoke City on the last day of the 2014-15 Premier League action. Steven Gerrard’s last outing in a Liverpool shirt ended in his biggest defeat as the captain of the Reds.
Speaking after the game, Rodgers addressed the rumours that he would be sacked. He said: “I have always said if the owners want me to go I will go. But I still feel I have a lot of offer here. There is a lot that's happened there this year that has made the job tough. Performances like today don't help me and I'm fully aware of that.”
He indicated that the gaps in the Liverpool squad were exposed by that result. Addressing the performance on the day, Rodgers added, “We made too many mistakes defensively and individually. We were beaten too easily and were not competitive enough. We were very, very poor in that first half.
“It was always going to be a big job in the summer and today's result would certainly ratify that. We understand the job ahead and we will be much better than today going forward.
“We have got to be much better than we have been for the last six or eight weeks. We will work tirelessly to look to put on a better show next season.”
Of course there has been a lot of speculation around Rodgers’ job and the loss to Stoke City drives up the ambiguity around the situation. Liverpool fans have shown bi-polar responses to Rodgers having a “Rodgers Out, Rafa In” banner flown over Anfield earlier this season – seemingly preferring their former manager Rafael Benitez to the Welshman.
At a later game, another banner made its way over Anfield that read “In Rodgers we Trust”. After this loss, a clip of Liverpool fans chanting Benitez’s name on the way home has surfaced once again highlighting what seems to be the fans’ choice.
Speaking on the shortcomings of Liverpool on the day , Rodgers said, “For everybody connected with Liverpool, we are all embarrassed by that today
“We have to be much better than that. They (the fans) deserve an apology.
“They were angry at half time -- and rightly so -- because that was awful, absolutely awful. The only way you'll get support from them is by winning games, and we haven't won enough games.”
Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League as they only secure 8 points from the last 9 games.
Further, contract rebel Raheem Sterling was on the bench as Liverpool started the game against Stoke City. Rodgers explaining his decision to keep Sterling out of the playing XI said, “It's been a difficult few months for him [Sterling] and we felt other players might be able to contribute that bit more.”