Jamie Redknapp urges Liverpool to back Brendan Rodgers
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp wants the Reds to stick with Brendan Rodgers until end of the season
Liverpool have to stand by their decision to back Brendan Rodgers until the end of the season, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Northern Irishman is facing a fresh wave of pressure after a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Jurgen Klopp is the elephant in the room but Liverpool backed Rodgers this summer. Now they have to stand by that decision
Rodgers spent over £80m on new signings in the summer transfer window after the Liverpool boss added eight new players to his Reds squad.
The Merseyside outfit dropped to ninth place in the Premier League table after a three-game winless run, including back-to-back defeats by West Ham and United.
However, former Liverpool skipper Redknapp reckons Rodgers deserves more time despite reports linking Jurgen Klopp with the Anfield position.
“It is always damaging when Liverpool lose to Manchester United – it is a result that hurts,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column. “Yes, it was a bad performance but this is no time to panic.
“Brendan Rodgers is under pressure and there are problems in that team. They are fragile at the back and I still feel they lack a creative central midfielder, but Rodgers has to be the man to try and solve those issues.
“There is no sense in sacking a manager so soon in a season. Jurgen Klopp is the elephant in the room but Liverpool backed Rodgers this summer. Now they have to stand by that decision.”
Rodgers was named as Kenny Dalglish’s successor in May 2012.
The former Reading and Swansea City manager guided Liverpool to a second-place finish in 2014 after the Reds narrowly missed out on a first Premier League title.