Ex-Liverpool star rejects talk of Rafael Benitez return
Jason McAteer urges Liverpool to stand by manager Brendan Rodgers
Jason McAteer has urged Liverpool to stick with Brendan Rodgers amid talk of a possible return to Anfield for Rafael Benitez.
The Spaniard recently fuelled reports linking him with a return to Merseyside by admitting that he misses Liverpool.
However, McAteer feels that his former club should stand by their current manager, despite the Reds’ stuttering start to the Premier League season.
“Rafa has spoken many times on the record of his love for Liverpool and I’m sure if he got the opportunity he would come back and manage the club, but you can’t disregard Brendan after a poor start to the season,” McAteer told talkSPORT.
“The fans are talking about maybe changing Brendan but I think, on the whole, Liverpool are happy with Brendan Rodgers. I think he will be given time. I certainly don’t think he will be sacked this season.
“People are judging his signings at the minute. They haven’t gone down too well, but he has got a lot of talent in that squad and it is going to take time to integrate them and for the players to believe in his philosophy.
“We have lost [Daniel] Sturridge though injury and Luis Suarez in the summer so it is a big thing to start again. Liverpool have taken a couple of steps backwards but I have big hopes for Brendan Rodgers and I’m sure he will do really, really well in the next few games and we will be talking about Brendan being the manager we talked about last season.”