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Liverpool managed to collect a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, but the real headline fell to Brendan Rodgers when just an hour after the game had finished FSG decided to sack their manager. The news filtered through later in the evening sending Twitter into a storm. Some fans were elated other were saddened, some, like myself weren't really sure what they were feeling but I think most would agree it was time for a change.
I don't want to go too much into the fate of Brendan Rodgers as I will cover this in my Shoot post on Wednesday (follow my Twitter to see it first - @LFCKirstyLFC).
Prior to kick off it looked as though Liverpool might have been given a lifeline when it became clear neither Stones or Coleman would be available in defence. A recently returned Daniel Sturridge would surely be able to take advantage of the weakened back four?
Sturridge though would not be the man in focus, in fact it would be his fellow forward Danny Ings.
The first half for the Reds was a relatively good one, it was Rodgers’ side creating the majority of the chances but as has been an issue for some time now, we just couldn't find the back of the net.
At 41 minutes though some questionable defending saw Danny Ings completely free in the box. His resulting header was an easy goal to put the Reds into the lead but it wasn't long before Everton returned to spoil the party.
This time it was Liverpool’s turn to show off their poor defensive skills. A frankly comedic attempted clearance from Emre Can deflected off an unaware Martin Skrtel and fell right into the path of Lukaku. Of all the players you want the ball to fall to…
Of course, he converted his chance and brought Everton right back into the game.
What started as a pretty confident performance from the Reds, slowly but surely came undone. In fact, we were only still in with a shout of some points thanks to a selection of fantastic saves from Simon Mignolet, who must have left Rodgers thanking his lucky stars.
A second half where the Toffees gained more of a foothold eventually led to nothing for both sides and little to discuss other than chances wasted. I honestly didn't feel like we played that bad. I wouldn't say I was pleased with the performance but it was a lot better than I was expecting.
The real shock though came hours later. I seriously thought that if Rodgers avoided defeat he'd be given more time but FSG must have had this decision in the pipeline prior to kick off. In fairness, to be dropped after the Merseyside derby, win, lose or draw is pretty ruthless but it had to be done.
I'll never forget coming so close to the title with Rodgers, I'm 26 in November and that is easily (aside from the Champions League final) the most excited I have ever been as a Liverpool fan. It was a phenomenal season and he no doubt deserves credit but when you boil it all down, over the time period he's been here and the money he's spent? He just hasn't quite cut it in my opinion.
I asked you for your thoughts on the game originally but Rodgers has since been sacked and so I won't be including them this week.
It's a very interesting time for us ahead as we await the announcement of a new manager. If, as the media would have you believe, the job is between Klopp and Ancelotti then I personally would prefer the latter. For me he's more experienced and would buy well however I can't say I'd be disappointed with Klopp. He'd need time though and a lot of trust I feel in order to build Liverpool into his vision.
I just hope we don't get Dick Advocaat… Haha!
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