Given that Brendan Rodgers has been given a three year deal, apparently without the requirement to reach the top four in his first season, the answer to the question must be no.
If the club owners decision to sack him was not down to the lack of a top four finish there must have been another explanation which could lie in the Louis Suares affair. There is an opinion in some quarters that Suarez was a convenient scapegoat which gave the FA the opportunity to show the world how tough the English game is against racism, especially as the sassenach press painted the affair as a scandal by forwarding anti Kenny copy to the American press for supporting his player.
According to press reports at the time of the game which involved the verbal fracas between Suares and Evra no other player in the match heard what was said between the pair.
However, the FA dealt out it’s summary justice based on the say so of Evra who had already failed to have a racism charge upheld against a member of the Chelsea ground staff, and who had also brought himself into disrepute with his antics at the world cup in South Africa, by creating trouble for the team manager and generally upsetting team moral.
At any reasonable tribunal Evra’s record would surely have cast doubts on the reliability of his testimony but seemingly the opportunity for the FA to gain racism brownie points in the eyes of the football world was too good a chance to pass up.
That said, Suarez did let Kenny down by promising to shake Evra’s hand in the next game between the clubs involved but failed to do so on the day. In one way his action was perfectly understandable as not many people would feel comfortable in shaking hands with someone who, in their mind, had stitched them up.
Be that as it may it was probably the biased press coverage of the whole affair that prompted Liverpool’s regularly absentee owners to seriously contemplate a managerial change even though Kenny had no direct control over the player’s final action. Even if Liverpool had gone on to win the FA cup the change had already been set in stone and Kenny would unfairly pay the price of FA mismanagement.
The one good thing that Brendan Rodgers achieved was to get rid of the threat of Louis Van Gaal arriving as director of football at Liverpool, a man known for his inflated ego and total admiration for himself.
Brendan Rodgers has gone on record as saying that he could never replace King Kenny which is a very honest statement of fact, for indeed nobody ever could.