Rodgers in crisis? Humiliated Liverpool lose at Anfield again
Liverpool boss blames 'thin' squad, but he has now lost four out of ten at home
LIVERPOOL'S dismal season shows no signs of improving after they were forced to relinquish the one piece of silverware they currently hold, the League Cup, after being knocked out of the competition by manager Brendan Rodgers' old club, Swansea.
It was a galling experience for Rodgers, who was presiding over yet another home defeat. And with a competitive record at Anfield that now reads played ten, won three, drawn three, lost four the Reds boss knows that he is lurching towards a crisis and cannot expect the fans to remain loyal unless results improve.
Once again Liverpool were forced to rely on their two most established stars Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, who both entered the fray at half time. But they could not mask the failings of others as Liverpool slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
"Joe Cole failed to impress after being given a rare start, while Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson both struggled on a night to forget for Liverpool," said the BBC.
"Rodgers has had to ride some punches since becoming Liverpool manager but none has caused as much pain as the blow his former employers inflicted here. Stood on the touchline, hands stuffed in his pockets, Rodgers had to endure wounding chants from the Swansea fans who once idolised him," said the Daily Mail.
"While Rodgers reflected on the obvious shortcomings in the Liverpool squad, one that cannot cope without Luis Suárez and Steven Gerrard for even 45 minutes, Swansea revelled in his misery," reported The Guardian.
"All [Rodgers] could do was acknowledge that his defence of the trophy that Liverpool won under Kenny Dalglish last season had deservedly been brought to an end by his former club while also accepting that the scale of the job he has taken on is becoming increasingly apparent," reflected The Times.
After the game Rodgers bemoaned his "very thin squad", but wesbite Here Is The City suggested that he was "clutching at straws". It pointed out: "Rodgers has previously praised the young and inexperienced players for producing this high standard of football. Now... he is blaming the squad for being thin which seems a little contradictory." ·