Liverpool have begun their search for a new manager, but whoever comes in must grapple with many of the issues that caused problems for the sacked Brendan Rodgers.
After a moribund conclusion to the previous campaign, the writing was on the wall for Rodgers and Liverpool’s fortunes were not deemed to have improved sufficiently for owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) to stand by their man.
Liverpool’s poor start to the season raised the question of whether FSG’s blueprint for success was flawed, or if the man chosen to implement it had simply failed.
Owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon answered that question unequivocally with the dismissal of Rodgers after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby, which left the club 10th in the Premier League.
“They have got to get the feel-good factor within the club, which we haven’t had for a while now, and maybe that might have tipped the balance with the owners,” said former Reds striker John Aldridge.