Brendan Rodgers is desperate. At least, that's all I can think when I look at the team sheet he selected for the match against Manchester United today. Liverpool have been dire this season, and are experiencing a bit of a role reversal with the Red Devils this season. Louis Van Gaal has righted the ship at United and has them in the top 4, while Rodgers' Reds are languishing in midtable.
Still, for the Liverpool boss to drop Simon Mignolet for Brad Jones is a telling sign of the side's crumbling confidence following their exit from the Champions League midweek. Starting without a striker is also worrying, as Raheem Sterling, for all his qualities, is not the type of player to lead the line on his own. Just where Fabio Borini has been banished to I have no idea, but it's really disheartening to have seen the youngster turn down big money moves to Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in favor of playing for his favored club, only to be completely iced out of the squad week after week. Even without Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli or Rickie Lambert in the lineup, Borini still doesn't get his chance.
Obviously, desperation often brings out the best in people, so perhaps these changes will bring a positive result for the Merseyside club. Failure will certainly increase the buzz surrounding Rodgers' qualifications for the job he currently holds. Even as a diehard Liverpool fan and staunch supporter of the man, I'm worried Rodgers won't make it to the new year.
Do you think Liverpool can turn it around with Rodgers at the helm, or do they need some fresh ideas?
All things Liverpool aside, Manchester United have fielded a strong side and will be eager to get the win to keep Chelsea and Manchester City from increasing their lead at the top of the table. Following the big match, we'll watch to see if Swansea City can get a result against Tottenham Hotspur, so stick around for all the action! Let's chat!