Rodgers urges Liverpool fans to keep the faith ahead of QPR clash
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers urges Reds fans to stick by him as he bids to guide Merseysiders back up the table
Brendan Rodgers has urged Liverpool fans to continue to back the Northern Irishman’s project at Anfield as he looks to guide the Reds back up the Premier League table.
Rodgers’ side slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Stoke City in midweek to leave the Merseysiders in 10th place ahead of their trip to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
The Boxing Day loss at the Britannia left Rodgers having claimed 25 points from his opening 19 league games in charge – exactly the same record Roy Hodgson had produced before he was dismissed by the Reds.
But Rodgers is paying no attention to such comparisons and has stressed that the rebuilding process is going to take time.
“I don’t think about [these kinds of] comparisons, it’s not something I overly worry about,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“I’ve been brought in here to do a job, the owners have been brilliant with me, the backing I’ve had from the supporters has been incredible.”
Rodgers added: “[The fans have to] stay with us, and to keep the courage they’ve shown all season. They are one of the reasons I came here, and why players come here.
“Their support throughout this period has been incredible, and it can’t be easy for them, because of what this club has won over many years.
“This is a different era, a different operation in terms of where the club is at. Because we don’t have the big finances to go and splash out like a lot of other clubs, it’s going to be a process that takes us back there, rather than something instant.
“But the way they support their team, like the other night away at Stoke when they were absolutely brilliant. They are doing absolutely everything possible to push this team and this club on. They can’t do any more.
“It’s up to the players and us as a football club on the pitch to give them something to keep smiling about.”