Mercurial Superfly IV Green Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
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Elastico Finale III " While rarely short on bravado or self-confidence these days, Brendan Rodgers did betray a sense of trepidation when taking the Liverpool job.
Mercurial Superfly Black "It's the start of a long, hard journey for us," Rodgers said in a rare televised dressing room team talk before his first game in charge in 2012. "If it was easy it wouldn't be worth doing ... you can only trust yourselves."
EvoPower 1.2 FG How much longer, though, will Liverpool's owners trust Rodgers with the job that turned Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley into such managerial titans in the last century? He seems safe for now, but not since the 1950s has a Liverpool manager " Shankly's predecessor Phil Taylor " failed to win a trophy in his first three seasons.
Even Kenny Dalglish won a trophy " the League Cup " during a stop-gap 16-month second spell in charge before making way for Rodgers in 2012. Dalglish will always be revered at Anfield for collecting titles as a player and then as coach, including Liverpool's last topflight title in 1990. But the 42-year-old Rodgers, who joined after winning admiration at Swansea, is still waiting for his first trophy in management.
Rodgers came close to ending Liverpool's long wait for the Premier League title last May, but a late-season collapse allowed Manchester City to seize the trophy and it's been downhill since then.
A 2-1 loss to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday ended Rodgers' last chance for a trophy this season. In the glare of a capacity Wembley Stadium and global television audience, it was a day that encapsulated Liverpool's season on the slide and the lack of significant progress in the five years since the Boston Red Sox ownership group rescued the club from financial turmoil.
Outwitted by younger and less experienced Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood, Rodgers seemed to be constantly changing formations against a team which in the Premier League is embroiled in a relegation scrap.
Mercurial Superfly IV Green Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, once the heartbeat of the team, returned from a three-match suspension but seemed as absent as in recent weeks as he struggled to impose himself against the more dynamic Villa players. The botched handling of Gerrard's future has been another misstep by Rodgers and the club directors this year. The 34-year-old midfielder will end his lifelong association with Liverpool in May and join the Los Angeles Galaxy.