There is / was definitely something amiss. The team has been playing way below the sum of its parts for a while.
What doesn't quite add up with the Rudiger / Kova story (which I am not buying) is that the team fared no better when they weren't playing. Even if those 2 had downed tools, that wouldn't have had much impact on the results when they were sitting in the stands.
With Werner, whatever we all think of him, one thing I don't think can be disputed is his effort and work rate. Even when having a stinker, he has been charging around trying to put it right.
No idea. I think a few have viewed our revolving door policy as a reason no youth products have come through for a while (which people love to see) when in fact they haven't been good enough until now. I guess also you might argue a manager with a longer term vision might have played the likes of Salah, KdB and Lukaku a bit more. I am just supposing a bit here.
You're right, if anyone is dreaming of another Fergie, then forget it. You might as well keep wishing the next youth player to come through is Messi.
Liverpool comparison is interesting. In 2014/15 they finished 6th with 62 points. Rodgers then got the boot after 8 games of the 2015/16 season with12 points and one win in 9. They ended the season on 60 points. In Klopp's first full season they finished 4th with 76 and his second 75 points (and a CL final) . Then they got 97 points (and won the CL) and finished 2nd then finished 1st with 99.
What that shows is that year on year, Klopp made some progress. Step by step. They never had a backwards year under him, like this one will be for us. Moreover, they perhaps afforded him more time because he inherited a team that finished 6th with 60 points, and maybe more importantly, they hadn't won the league for nearly 30 years. What harm was there waiting an extra year or two?
Klopp also had a significant pedigree and managerial CV that justified the patience. All of these things point to a very different set of circumstances.
Without wanting to repeat myself, the last month and a half have been pretty painful viewing. Not just the results, but the absolute abject performances. Personally, I didn't see any signs that Lampard knew how to correct it. Each passing week got worse and worse. Maybe he could have stayed out the season, then got the boot? Not sure how much better that would have been for anyone.