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There are plenty of questions for Rodgers to answer - and quickly. Maybe it is time to cash in on Daniel Agger. Is Luis Suarez the right spearhead? Liverpool fans saw the best and worst of the Uruguayan inside 90 minutes. He was constantly probing and teasing. And constantly missing chances.
His conversion rate remains such that he needs four chances to score once and he was decidedly off-key on Saturday. A goal at any time - even the chance he spooned over the bar from inside the six-yard box when Liverpool were down - would have caused nervousness in the home ranks.
Is Suarez better utilised behind the front man, running at opponents and linking up play, rather than being the focal point of the Liverpool attack? The Wales international made his name at Swansea, finding space in midfield, given licence to link up play and operate in areas further forward where he could hurt the opposition.
It was therefore little short of bizarre to see Liverpool set up with Allen holding a defensive midfield position alongside Lucas. Here, he was asked to play wide in a front three.
Out of position: Both Joe Allen above and Fabio Borini below were unable to impose themselves on the game Out of position: Both Joe Allen and Fabio Borini were unable to impose themselves on the game 3. Steven Gerrard was anonymous. Rodgers appears to be set against starting Andy Carroll left 4. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger looked shaky. Is it time for a rethink on Agger?
Manchester City would like to sign Agger and Rodgers could be tempted to cash in. Agger confirmed afterwards that he will contest his red card but his protest is unlikely to provide much hope that he will face City next week.
Even before shoving Shane Long in the back for the penalty which led to his dismissal, this had been far from a blemish-free performance from the Dane.
He and Skrtel seemed uncertain on the ball: shall we try to play, or should we clear our lines? How does he change it for Manchester City? Andy Carroll can do a job, if he is given the chance. Jamie Carragher could come back to shore up the defence, but what else can Rodgers do? He needs to prove his ability and, with games against Arsenal and Manchester United coming up, he will need to act quickly.
Ready or not?
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After he was brought into succeed Kenny Dalglish in June, Rodgers met with John W Henry, the principal figure in Fenway Sports Group, to discuss his strategy and footballing ideologies; that meeting provided Henry with absolute vindication he made the right appointment. Rodgers may only be 39 but he has been assembling his coaching manifesto ever since his playing career was prematurely ended by injury, tweaking and improving it, developing it whenever and wherever he has travelled to further his education. The vision is simple. The second aim is to play attractive, attacking football to win games.
The big Red book: Rodgers reveals 180-page dossier on how to bring the glory days back to Anfield
Nikojar We need to become competitive before you can even consider going for the title. Liverpool v Manchester City at Anfield. There was even a reluctance to sign Daniel Sturridge — who has 20 league goals this season — when he was offered to Rodgers 18 months ago. I can only see him getting better.
Brendan Rodgers gives Liverpool owners 180 page dossier of club's future
There are plenty of questions for Rodgers to answer - and quickly. Maybe it is time to cash in on Daniel Agger. Is Luis Suarez the right spearhead? Liverpool fans saw the best and worst of the Uruguayan inside 90 minutes.