Liverpool’s disappointing season reached new levels of disappointment when they lost at home to West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier on Monday night. The visitors scored two goals in the last ten minutes after Liverpool had missed a penalty just before conceding the first goal of the match.
Brendan Rodgers was appointed at Liverpool in the summer after the departure of the club legend Kenny Dalglish. That player is seen by many as the best player to have represented the club. The legend grew with a successful first spell as manager. He returned to the role as manager more than 20 years after resigning due the relenting pressure and media attention on his career.
Rodgers was something of a surprise choice to manage the club as he has no experience of being in charge of a major club that expects to be playing in the Champions League on a regular basis. The current boss had done a good job at Swansea City but by joining Liverpool his career was reaching a new level.
The Liverpool owners set Rodgers a target of qualifying for the Champions League but that seems unlikely now as the club are currently 13 points off the pace in the race to finish 4th. The abysmal defeat to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup is still fresh in the memory and that defeat adds to the pressure on Rodgers in his efforts to make a positive impression.
The match with West Brom could have had a better ending for Liverpool if Steven Gerrard (pictured playing for England) had not missed a penalty after 77 minutes. Four minutes later West Brom opened the scoring and secured the points with a second goal in the last minute.
It must be particularly galling for Liverpool fans that their fiercest rivals are about to win the League. As Manchester United face a huge tie against Real Madrid in the Champions League Liverpool must now focus on winning as many games as possible and help Rodgers keep his job.