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    The sands of time eventually caught up with Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers giving out instructions during the Merseyside derby on Sunday which proved to be his last game.
    The bell finally tolled on the Brendan Rodgers reign as Liverpool manager on Sunday but not without a piece of history. Rodgers became only the second manager in Liverpool's post-Shankly era to not win a trophy. The writing was on the wall ever since the ignominy of the 6-1 capitulation at the hands of Stoke City on the final day of the 2014-15 Premier League season, which was also the day that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard played his last game for the club.

    There were a few factors as to why Liverpool decided to end the managerial reign of Rodgers on Sunday evening & without question one of the most contributing factor was player acquisition throughout his tenure at Anfield. In his debut season the club spent £49 million followed by £48 million in 2013-14, £117 million in 2014-15 & £78 million this summer. That is a total of £292 million culminating in 31 players arriving at the club & the harsh reality is that you would be lucky to fill five fingers on one hand based on the amount that have proved value for money & shrewd signings.

    Brendan Rodgers first signing as Liverpool manager was a player who he had previously worked with & in each time hardly pulled up any trees. Fabio Borini, who is now at Sunderland was not a memorable purchase by any stretch of the imagination, he was followed by Joe Allen from Swansea & though he hasn't exactly been a revelation he is by no means the worse signing to arrive at Anfield during Rodgers spell at the club. After that is a catalogue of players who were simply out of their depth & not even remotely close to players capable of sustaining consistency required at the top level. The likes of Oussama Assaidi, Nuri Sahin, Samed Yesil, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho, Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno & Javier Manquillo represent a woeful return on investment & that is without taking into consideration the £16 million that went down the drain for the enigmatic Mario Balotelli.

    Time will tell whether James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne & Christian Benteke will prove wise purchases but Rodgers will not be around to bear the fruits even if they do so. Though Rodgers was not solely responsible for every one of those transfers the fact that only Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Simon Mignolet & Emre Can have shown enough to be deemed good acquisitions is an indictment. Despite the campaign where Suarez was scintillating & had Liverpool on the verge of the Premier League title the Rodgers stint was littered with too many abject performances & most worryingly at times when glory was in sight.

    Against Real Madrid last October they were 3-0 down at half-time, the first time ever in the steeped history of Liverpool Football Club that they trailed 3-0 at home by half-time in Europe. Last December away to Old Trafford Rodgers dropped Simon Mignolet & Liverpool ended up losing 3-0. Liverpool frequently lose at Old Trafford so that wasn't anything new but it was the manner of the defeat & in particular to one of the most mediocre Manchester United teams in recent memory. Gerrard's final home game was one to forget after Crystal Palace came to Anfield & left with a 3-1 victory. A few weeks ago West Ham came to Anfield & also scored three, it was the first time they won at Anfield since 1963. Recently Liverpool needed a penalty shoot-out to dispatch of a League Two team. Perhaps the most poignant defeat during his spell at Liverpool & the one that summed up the nature of his time most accurately was at Wembley in April. The FA Cup final that year fell on Steven Gerrard's birthday, the script couldn't have been better written if Gerrard himself was writing it. All they had to do was overcome an Aston Villa side that had barely avoided relegation in the semi-final. Liverpool even took the lead through Philippe Coutinho but not for the first time under Rodgers they choked when the finishing line was in sight. Somewhere inside is a good manager but perhaps it wasn't his time or he wasn't able to handle one of English footballs mammoth football institution. Rodgers leaves still well regarded but with a slightly tarnished stock. They say that time is a great healer & it may be but time was ultimately what he ran out of.
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