Harry Redknapp backs under-fire Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Former Spurs manager says Liverpool must back Brendan Rodgers

Harry Redknapp says Brendan Rodgers needs time to get it right at Liverpool.

The Northern Irishman is facing a fresh wave of pressure after Liverpool suffered a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

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The Reds have lost back-to-back top-flight games, whilst Liverpool have scored just three goals in five games after a disappointing start to the season.

While Redknapp has previously branded Liverpool as the worst team in years, but the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has sympathy for Rodgers.

“He has had an almost impossible job there,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“Two years ago he had Suarez, Sterling, Sturridge – what a forward line those three were – and Gerrard was still playing. Suddenly, he has lost those key players and it is very difficult to replace them.”

Redknapp added that Rodgers had an impossible task replacing Luis Suarez after the Uruguay international moved to Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2014.

“You have got a scouting system, an analyst. They are bringing players to your attention and you are relying on them an awful lot,” Redknapp added.

“But how do you replace Luis Suarez? He was the best player in the Premier League that year by a mile.

“He didn’t want to lose Sterling. You are not going to find players as good as he lost.

“I still think Brendan is an outstanding young manager and he will get it right. He needs a bit of time, a result or two, and I am sure they will be fine.”

Liverpool have collected just seven points from a possible 15 after five games in the Premier League.

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The Reds welcome Norwich City to Anfield in their next top-flight game on Sunday afternoon.

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