Liverpool FC are enduring a turbulent season so far, and suffered the agony of getting knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages earlier this week. The Reds had worked incredibly hard last season to get back to the elite competition after a gap of five long years.
With results being sub-par, there are several rumors surrounding manager Brendan Rodgers’ future at the club. Many have claimed that FSG are looking at replacements for the Northern Irishman and more believe Rodgers days at the club are numbered.
However, former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes that Brendan Rodgers is the right man to lead the club back to Champions League next season.
“Liverpool will be disappointed not to progress out of their group, but the most important thing is that they were back playing at the highest level this season – and it gives them something to build on,” Suarez is quoted as saying.
“The reason they were back playing Champions League football is because of Brendan Rodgers – and he is the right man to guide them back there again next season. They must qualify for The Champions League next season. If it comes via the league or winning The Europe League – it is not important how. This season can’t be a one off though, because The Champions League is where the club belongs – and it is what the fans expect.”
Suarez transferred to Barcelona in the summer and broke many hearts of the fans. However, the 27 year old remains a fan favorite with the clubs’ supporter and many have gone on to claim that it was he, and he solely, responsible for last season’s success. While these claims are ridiculous to say the least, Suarez did play a major part in the club’s success. Not having him, and Daniel Sturridge, is an important reason to Liverpool’s struggles this season. The Reds currently don’t have enough goals in them to win matches. With them out of the Champions League, the main focus of the club management has to be the attainment of a place in the top 4 by the end of the season, and qualification for next season’s Champions League.
The Reds take on Manchester United on Sunday, and their next game in the Premier League is against Arsenal at home. Two tough fixtures, but two fixtures where points need to be picked up so that the race for top 4 is not too far for the Merseysiders.