Liverpool must give Brendan Rodgers time, insists Michael Owen

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen leaps to the defence of Reds manager Brendan Rodgers

Michael Owen has urged Liverpool to give Brendan Rodgers more time after the Reds crashed out of the FA Cup.

The Northern Irishman is set to finish his third season at Anfield without a trophy after Liverpool lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

It has been a disappointing season you know, I’m not saying it isn’t but I do think there are so many positives as well

Michael Owen

The 42-year-old guided Liverpool to the brink of Premier League glory last term before defeat by Chelsea and a draw with Crystal Palace saw the Reds miss out.

Former England international Owen acknowledged that Rodgers is under pressure at the Merseyside club but added the Liverpool manager deserve more time.

“He is under pressure no question about it, I think he should be given more time, I really do. It was only 12 months ago when, if you go to Anfield every week, last season was the best football and the most exciting time to be a Liverpool fan in years.

“I know they won the Champions League and I know we won trophies before that, but that was the best team you know, the best time to be a Liverpool fan. One slip away from winning the Premier League and I think Brendan Rodgers is a very good manager and certainly deserves another year just based on that season.

“It has been a disappointing season you know, I’m not saying it isn’t but I do think there are so many positives as well, I don’t think they are in a worse position than when he took over so I feel he does deserve another year.”

Rodgers was named as Liverpool manager after club legend Kenny Dalglish was sacked in May 2012.

The Reds manager guided Swansea City into the Premier League for the first time in 2011 before he masterminded a top-half finish.

Liverpool are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City ahead of their clash against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

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