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West Brom 3 - Liverpool 0 Match Review

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Tougher tests on the horizon.

Wretched defeat is a startling reality check for Reds fans.

When the fixture list for the 2012/2013 season was first released I wrote that Brendan Rodgers faced a baptism of fire and suggested that a bet on him not lasting till Christmas was on the cards.

 

 

However I'm also on record as saying that I think the reds will finish in the top four this season.

Distant dreaming? Hypocritical? Or simply following the money?

The bet for Rodgers to be gone before Christmas has more weight added with this defeat against West Brom. Not only was it a bad defeat but only poor finishing stopped Albion from making five or six and as it is the final score line was Liverpool's heaviest ever opening day defeat for seventy five years or so.

The problem for Liverpool and Rodgers in particular is that the fixture list is now their enemy as well as their own poor touch in front of goal.

If they can't remedy the misfiring strike force quickly then games against Manchester City at home on Sunday then Arsenal followed by Manchester United will light the blue touch paper.

It is quite possible that after four games Liverpool will be bottom of the league. Based on their performance against the Baggies it is not an unreasonable thought.

Once again Liverpool will say that they were the victim of poor refereeing decisions.

That they didn't get the rub of the green - yada yada yada.

We begin this season where we left off in the last, bemoaning poor finishing in front of goal and complaining about poor refereeing decisions going against us.

If Liverpool don't step up a gear then the cries from the Kop in a few weeks' time will be for Rafael Benitez and he is the man I would bet on being Rodgers replacement should they continue to play this badly.

Talk of Rodgers demise is of course premature from a supporter's point of view but finding the value in a bet often comes from getting in early whilst the odds are still favourable.

As of today Stan James have the only book available for the next Liverpool manager and they have Benitez at 8/1 which is good value.

If the worst comes to the worst and Liverpool continue to play this badly then young promising managers with fresh ideas who require time to mould a team will not be on the agenda.

A tried and tested solution will be required to stop the rot – hence I'm tipping Benitez to be the next Liverpool manager.

Now before I start getting loads of stick from reds fans who say I'm pressing the panic button way too early – I agree with you, but this is a betting site and I'm simply looking for value in the market and not letting my heart rule my head.

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