Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool but give him time, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is backing Brendan Rodgers to be a success at Liverpool but insists the Northern Irishman must be given time

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Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in May Photo: Back Page Images

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Jose Mourinho is convinced Brendan Rodgers is the right man to lead Liverpool back to the top of English football – but insists his former understudy must be given time to implement his ideas at Anfield.

Rodgers worked as Chelsea’s youth and reserve team coach during Mourinho’s spell at Stamford between 2004 and 2007 before taking charge of Watford, Reading and Swansea City.

The Northern Irishman was appointed as Kenny Dalglish’s successor on Merseyside this summer and although Mourinho is backing Rodgers to succeed at Anfield, he stressed that he will not be able to work “miracles” over night.

“I think Brendan, he can’t be champion with that team,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “He can’t make miracles with that team. It’s not an easy job. Liverpool expectations are very high.

“The reality is that Liverpool, at this moment, they’re not the best team in the Premiership. Not even close. The squad is not at that point.

“Other squads are investing much more than Liverpool are doing.

“So I hope he has time to build because if you don’t have the top players in your hands, it takes more time to build. I think he deserves that and I think, with time, he can do the job for them.”

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