Sometimes I just despair at how fickle football fans are.
I was first made aware of the @RodgersOutClub Twitter account on my way up to Newcastle on Friday, by a mate who happens to be a Chelsea fan.
He said some ‘supporters’ were asking for donations to hire a plane to fly over Anfield for next Saturday’s clash with Chelsea, displaying a banner with presumably the words ‘Rodgers Out’ and probably an obligatory hashtag plastered all over it.
At first I thought it was a joke, and brushed it off as a Chelsea supporting mate trying to get under my skin again.
But yesterday pictures of the banner emerged on the internet, and the story has been since been published by the national press.
Having spent the weekend in Newcastle after watching the Reds fall to a 1-0 defeat – where £1 JagerBombs were on hand to drown my sorrows – I thought the night’s out on the Toon had caught up with me so much, that now I was just hallucinating.
But no, sure enough – some closet Manchester United fan has taken the time to actually design a banner and is looking for donations to fly a plane over Anfield on Saturday.
No doubt, whoever has come up with this genius idea was singing Brendan’s name when Liverpool came within a whisker of beating Manchester City to the Premier League title last term.
No doubt, this same person would have been amongst the first to take to Twitter to dig at Manchester United fans who flew a ‘Moyes Out’ banner over Old Trafford last season.
Whilst it has been a difficult start to the season, and some of the summer signings look questionable – we are 10 games into the Premier League season.
Rodgers and Steven Gerrard have said before a ball was even kicked – the target for this season is a top four finish and a trophy.
Are we not just three points behind fourth placed Arsenal, six behind third placed Manchester City and a point ahead of Manchester United with 28 matches of the Premier League season left to play?
Are we not just two wins short of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, which whilst challenging is by all means possible?
And are we not a win away at Bournemouth from a Capital One Cup semi final, and the possibility of booking a trip to Wembley over two legs?
All this with new summer signings adapting, and trying to overcome the loss of one of the world’s best players whilst contending with an injury to our top striker.
Brendan Rodgers was the man behind an incredible 2013-14 campaign in which the Reds returned to the Champions League after a five year absence, and missed out on a shock Premier League title by two points.
All of this whilst playing some of the most attractive, attacking and thrilling football of any side in Europe – managing more than 100 goals in the process.
Those who have said last season’s success was all down to Luis Suarez, should note that the Uruguayan fired 16 goals in a season and a half under Kenny Dalglish. He managed 61 goals in two seasons under Rodgers. Coincidence? Or can we give the Northern Irishman credit for building a team designed to help Suarez become one of the deadliest strikers in Europe?
Rodgers transfer business is under the microscope at the moment, but £20million on Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho is stunning work by anyone’s account. Young players the likes of Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Javi Manquillo and even Adam Lallana need to be given more than 15 games before any judgement can be made.
Rodgers has proven over his time in charge of the club he is more than capable of improving players – Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan are just four examples.
It is simply staggering all this has been forgotten by a small minority of supporters.
The Twitter account has just under 3,000 followers, and I very much doubt the plane will go over Anfield this Saturday.
But even the fact the story has now been picked up by the press and reported on is embarrassing enough.
Manchester United fans were slaughtered when they produced the stunt on poor old Moyesie last term, having clearly lost their minds having experienced what it was like to be a normal football team that suffers poor results for a few months, rather than winning the Premier League every 12 months.
Any proper Liverpool fan will tell you they understand what it is like to experience difficult moments, and the first quarter of this season is not nearly as bad as what the trolls on social media would have you believe.
Now is the time to get behind the team and Brendan Rodgers, and remember it was Manchester United fans who actually flew a plane over their own stadium declaring their own manager should be sacked.
Are you behind the ‘Rodgers Out’ campaign? Or does the fickle nature of football fans shock you also? Let me know your thoughts below.