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Markets open on Rodgers tenure as new Liverpool era begins

| 01.06.2012

Brendan Rodgers’ sterling performance in charge of Swansea drew much adulation, but with a massive challenge now ahead of him as Liverpool manager, he is 4/7 to last the season.

Although he worked wonders in charge of Swansea, many believe that Rodgers’ inexperience at the helm of a club the size of Liverpool could hamper him.

Roy Hodgson’s Anfield tenure was seemingly doomed from the start, after he had led Fulham to a surprise top half finish the season before, and some punters may believe Rodgers is set to experience a similar fate.

Those who are of this opinion can take advantage of 5/4 odds for Rodgers to not be in charge of the Reds come the final day of next season.

Alternatively, punters with very little confidence in the ex-Swans chief can have 11/4 about him exiting Anfield prior to Christmas Day.

This scenario seems too far-fetched though, especially considering the widespread consensus that Rodgers must be given time at the club, in order to implement an aesthetically pleasing style of play on a squad that has underachieved in recent years.

Therefore, the 1/4 odds about Rodgers being in charge of the Merseyside outfit on Christmas Day are worth serious attention.

Ladbrokes punters are also afforded the chance to bet on whether or not Rodgers will take any of his former Swansea charges with him to his new club.

It is 2/1 that a player currently registered at the Liberty Stadium becomes a Liverpool player by 1st September of this year.

The club has previously displayed an interest in Nathan Dyer and Ashley Williams, so could swoop for these talents, though a mooted move for Gylfi Sigurdsson would not count, as the Icelandic midfielder is currently under permanent contract at Hoffenheim.

Finally, punters can back Rodgers to enjoy a successful first season in charge at Anfield, priced at 5/1 to land some silverware during his maiden campaign.

The Reds claimed their first trophy in six years last term, and Rodgers will be eager to get off to the best start possible in his quest to make Liverpool a consistently successful side once again.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee