Suarez Saga Could Define Rodgers Anfield Reign

Sean Raymond by Sean Raymond / 31 July 2013, 10:04

Brendan Rodgers has been the Liverpool Manager for a little more than a year but already it appears as if he is facing the defining period of his reign. Rodgers has been learning on the job when it comes to taking charge of one of the biggest football clubs in the world with only Swansea and Reading on his CV previously. All eyes have been on Anfield this summer with the Luis Suarez saga dominating the headlines and how Rodgers deals with the pressure and speculation over the coming weeks, could well be crucial to his tenure.

Rodgers knows only too well that the Liverpool fans are demanding Champions League football in the near future and selling your best player would be a difficult pill to swallow. It would be even more difficult to take if Suarez were to be plying his trade in North London this season, with Arsenal the only club understood to have made a firm bid for the player. Rodgers now has to decide whether to keep an unhappy player in his ranks or sell the Uruguayan to a club whose Champions League place, Liverpool are meant to be targeting this season.

It is fair to say that Man United, Man City and Chelsea are clear of the rest of the Premier League when it comes to money and power. With that in mind, there is only one Champions League spot up for grabs this season with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool likely to be squabbling over that crucial fourth position in the table. Rodgers will be only too aware that selling Suarez to Arsenal would be tantamount to cutting their own throats in the pursuit of Champions League football.

So far Rodgers has stood firm in his stance that Suarez is not for sale and he remains very much a Liverpool player. Rodgers backed Suarez to the hilt last season when he was banned for biting Branislav Ivanovic and like most Liverpool fans, he believes that Suarez does owe the Reds one more season at least. Loyalty is something of a forgotten past time in modern day football though which is sure to leave Brendan Rodgers with one or two sleepless nights over the coming weeks. 

The general feeling is that Rodgers did a good job during his first season in charge of Liverpool. He had the team playing some lovely football while the likes of Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have been cracking additions to the team. If Liverpool are to continue that progression though, Rodgers will know that a positive outcome to the Suarez saga is vital. Whether Suarez stays or goes, Rodgers will know that if he can come out of the saga in a good light he will be well on his way to taking Liverpool back up the table.

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  • 28/1 - Liverpool to win the Premier League
  • 9/4 - Liverpool to finish in the top four
  • 3/10 - Liverpool to finish outside the top four
  • 25/1 - Brendan Rodgers to be the first Premier League Manager sacked

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