Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is facing a chorus of criticism as he struggles to get superstar winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal.
Things are not looking good for Brendan Rodger as the press are turning on the man that they feted last season as a footballing visionary. Tony Cascarino has added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism been directed Rodgers. He told Alan Brazil on Talksport
“If he was at Barcelona or Real Madrid he would probably have been sacked by now. If he was in Italy or Gemany it would be a similar situation,”
The Metro football writer Jamie McLaughlin slated Rodgers’ team selection and tactics after Tuesdays Champions League exit at the hands of Swiss club Basel, who could hardly be described as a powerhouse of European football. He described the selection as “baffling” and questioned why Liverpool adopted such a conservative formation for the must win game. His withering assessment is typical of the press reaction to Liverpool’s European humiliation.
Elsewhere Jamie Redknapp as had a pop at his former club in his Sky Sports column. The former Liverpool man, while criticising the Lazar Markovic sending off argued that this shouldn’t detract from the woeful performance at Anfield.
“I don’t think the red card should mask over the fact that Liverpool simply weren’t good enough”
He reiterated the widespread criticism of Rodgers’ summer spending splurge
“The new signings haven’t been up to scratch. Four of them – Lallana, Can, Moreno and Markovic – were on the bench so in the biggest game of the season, Brendan Rodgers isn’t playing his new signings which says something.”
Meanwhile there is more bad news for Rodgers in that one of his players who could actually be called world class, Raheem Sterling, may be on the way out as his contract negotiations have run into difficulty. The youngster is refusing to sign a new deal to keep him at Anfield after his existing £30,000-a-week deal expires in the summer. A pay hike to £70,000 is on the table but the Telegraph have quoted sources close to the player as saying this pay cheque is ‘nowhere near acceptable.’ La Liga giants Real Madrid are waiting to pounce as the crisis at Anfield deepens further.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena