Whether the banner flying over Anfield calling for Brendan Rodgers' dismissal was the voice of disgruntled Liverpool fans or rival supporters doing so in the name of banter, it was indicative of the current mood surrounding the Merseyside club.

Following their second place finish last season, they have been pipped to the post by Manchester City at last. With a place in Europe for the 2014/15 season, however, their highest league finish in five years, and £100m spent on summer signings, spirits and expectations in the red half of the city were understandably high.

Fast-forward 12 months, however, and it's a very different story for Brendan Rodgers and his men. A poor campaign in the Champions League, a fight for the fifth place and fans boycotting matches because of high ticket prices have resulted in huge criticism of Rodgers, and justifiable it is, too.

Speaking after their unconvincing win over relegation candidates QPR, Rodgers laughed off the airborne message 'Rodgers out, Rafa in', claiming it came with the territory and was part of the job. But in a club as decorated and prestigious as Liverpool, it is entirely incongruous with the club's rich history, and brushing off fans' calls for a manager's position shouldn't be part of the job at Liverpool.