Being eliminated from the Champions League and after seeing a thrashing defeat away at Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers was on the fringes of the Liverpool job as far as the owners were concerned. With reports of fights in the Liverpool camp adding fuel to fire after that Manchester United defeat, this was a match that was must win for Brendan Rodgers’ reds.
Having seen his policy of short passes questioned in the last 5 months by teams like Crystal Palace and West Ham, thrashed by the former Liverpool legends sitting on the media and off it, last night’s match was a cup final for Brendan Rodgers.
Even though their League form is not the greatest this season as they are lingering at the 11th spot at the league, Brendan Rodgers has earned a birthright to stay at Anfield at-least till the end of this season by courtesy of his last season’s magic.
But as they say the best of the teams doesn’t rest on laurels, Liverpool fans were demanding something this season in order to continue their un-wavering support for the manager. Thus even though Liverpool’s opponents in the League Cup have been below them in terms of quality, a good cup-run might just prove to be a restraining factor for Liverpool owners in their decision of sacking the manager.
And even though they have been seeded against Chelsea in the semis who are in a league of their own this season, a two leg fixture might just prove to be decisive when Chelsea will visit Anfield in January. And with Daniel Sturridge returning back to the side after Christmas with several new re-enforcement also on their way to Anfield in January, Liverpool can win the trophy they last won 2 seasons ago.
However on the other hand if you look at the form of Brendan Rodgers reds’ against Chelsea, no wins in last 6 meetings guides Chelsea to the favorite spot. And if this stat is not challenged when both of these teams will meet in the Carling Cup, then Brendan Rodgers might have a hard time continuing as Liverpool manager beyond this season.