Back on October 4 2015, Premier League giants Liverpool confirmed that they had parted company with manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 45-year-old had taken over at Anfield back in 2012 following the departure of Kenny Dalglish earlier that summer, with the Northern Irishman impressing at Swansea City in leading them to the Premier League and then keeping them there to earn the role at the Merseyside giants.
Yet the ex-Watford and Reading boss lasted little over three years in charge of Liverpool before he was relieved of his duties, with his sacking met with widespread delight and celebrations among several Reds supporters on Twitter…
@lfc probably the wisest decision we’ve taken recently
— Steven (@kop_gee) October 4, 2015
— kathy279 (@kathy279) October 4, 2015
— James (@shevshenko18) October 4, 2015
@LFC never was the job for him we need a top manager with proven record shame really but thats life
— Jimmy (@jimmylfcmc) October 4, 2015
— Ashish Chauhan (@ashutweets_) October 4, 2015
What a day
— Nick (@NabyRole) August 15, 2018
@LFC fantastic news! It should have been done 3 years ago, but finally Swansea guy gets the sack. Good riddance!
— Nicky Cuzin (@avalon_skipper) October 4, 2015
And given that his departure has paved the way for Jurgen Klopp to take over and transform the Reds, it’s pretty clear that FSG’s major decision to relinquish Rodgers of the managerial role has proven to be the right one.
Ultimately, Rodgers’ stock rose ten-fold throughout his stint at Swansea, taking over the South Wales outfit prior to the 2010/11 season and then leading them to promotion that term in beating ex-employers Reading 4-2 in the play-off final at Wembley.
He then went about establishing the Swans as a Premier League club the season after with a fast-flowing, attacking brand of football, leading them to an excellent 11th place finish, which clearly caught the eye of the Liverpool hierarchy given they moved for the 45-year-old in the summer of 2012.
And while his first season at Anfield was nothing to write home about, eventually leading the Reds to seventh place in the Premier League and 12 points adrift of the top four, Rodgers then masterminded a rare Liverpool title challenge the season after, with Luis Suarez the figurehead in a Reds side that scored 101 goals in their 38 league games.
They fell just short though of winning their first title of the Premier League era, finishing two points behind champions Manchester City, with a late season wobble in losing to Chelsea and drawing from 3-0 up against Crystal Palace proving to be their undoing – nonetheless, Rodgers had brought some belief back to Anfield.
Selling Suarez that summer meant the season after was always going to be difficult, with Rodgers’ side bowing out of the Champions League in the group stages and slipping to sixth place in the table.
And that turned out to be his last full season in charge given he was sacked in October 2015, paving the way for ex-Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp to take over and rebuild the club with back-to-back top four finishes, as well as a run to the Champions League final last term.
Yes, Rodgers deserves huge credit for leading a Liverpool title charge, but it’s pretty clear that Klopp has taken the club even further following his appointment as the 45-year-old’s successor – it was time for the Northern Irishman to go.
As with any sacking, it was a big call to make by FSG, but one they have been reaping the rewards from ever since the decision was made.
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