Hello, Mr. Rodgers,

I hope this letter finds you in the best of health. First off, I would like to say how much things have improved since you took over as manager. Last season, there was a distinct identity to the team, the players seemed incredibly motivated and the football was, at times, simply mesmerizing. To think we came so close to winning the title after many years in the wilderness is testament to your abilities as a manager to get the most out of a talented bunch of players.

It is so refreshing to see managers keep faith in their young players, and in doing so with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, you have, in all likelihood, set the two on their way to greatness in professional football. Henderson looks a completely different player, and Sterling is well on his way to becoming a superstar, if he isn’t already one.

But that is all in the past. And in the ever-changing world of football, nobody remembers the past. It’s where you are now that matters. And right now, Liverpool are in big trouble. Which brings me to my point.

It pains me, and millions of other fans I’m sure, to see a team devoid of any passion, motivation and identity on the field. Results have never been the criteria for judging a team’s quality. You win some, you lose some as the saying goes. But there is a big difference between having the desire to win and simply letting things drift. The Liverpool team at the moment falls firmly in the latter camp.

What has happened at Anfield? How does a team go from being a nightmare to play against, to playing as if caught in a nightmare, all in the span of a few months? Why do the players, who only months ago were playing as if their lives depended on scoring goals, now seem completely uninterested in doing what they are paid to do?

People point to Suarez leaving as being the reason for Liverpool’s fall from grace. But I don’t buy that argument. Surely the departure of Suarez can’t have anything to do with Glen Johnson’s failings as a defender? Surely the saale of perhaps the best striker to don the Red shirt after Robbie Fowler cannot have impacted Simon Mignolet to such an extent that he has forgotten the basic tenets of goalkeeping?

No, those are simply easy excuses and lazy journalism, if we are to be honest. The problem runs much deeper. Forgive me for saying this, but I sense the players simply do not have any faith in your methods or philosophy. Sure, there are some players who will stand by you no matter what, for these players value the sacred jersey they wear and the institution they represent.

And why Mario Balotelli? Why would you choose to bring in a player who has a history of being difficult on and off the field, being far too mercurial to be trusted with anything and who simply has never found a place in football by virtue of being, well, himself?

Why did it take you till late November to give Rickie Lambert a chance to feed off his friend and team-mate Adam Lallana? Surely you should have exploited the pair’s camaraderie on the pitch to good effect, instead of simply handing Balotelli chance after chance to let his team down, while Lambert was allowed to rot on the bench?

And to say nothing of your sound bytes would be an oversight. Time and again, there has been a huge disconnect between your words and your actions this season. Playing the fringe players against Real Madrid was the beginning of a masterstroke – a clear communication that complacency and poor performances would not be tolerated. I was thrilled to see those who started against Madrid giving it their all, even though the result was a foregone conclusion.

But then the masterstroke ended up being a huge blunder when you fielded the same under-performers for the next game against Newcastle! In doing so, you alienated your squad players and rewarded the poor performers with yet another chance – in this case, two wrongs make a bigger wrong.

Your words have come back to bite you, haven’t they? After spending obscene amounts of money in the transfer window, isn’t a team expected to compete for the title, according to you? Well, the title is already gone, and if our team’s fortunes do not improve soon, I fear the last Champions League spot may also be out of our reach.

Please do not let that happen. Do not let this great institution drop out of the most prestigious club competition in Europe. It has taken us a long time to get back in, and I’m not sure many fans have the patience to do it all over again. Do not tarnish your legacy of taking this team to the cusp of the Premier League title. Let last season not be a flash in the pan.

In difficult times, it is important to be united. Come what may, you need to bring your team together and make them play as a unit, and not as a disinterested bunch of schoolboys. It’s still only November, and the road to May is long.

 

Yours sincerely,

A Liverpool fan.

 

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