Phil Thompson: Why Liverpool must give Brendan Rodgers more time

The former Liverpool captain explains why Brendan Rodgers deserves more time

Phil Thompson has urged Liverpool to give under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers more time.

The Reds boss is facing fresh speculation about his position at Anfield after a four-game winless run in all competitions.

I believe he should be given the opportunity to see it through, but the bells will be ringing by Christmas time if fortunes have not turned round

Phil Thompson

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has been heavily linked with the Northern Irishman’s job over the past couple of weeks.

Liverpool are 10th in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Norwich City on Sunday, which marks the start of a run of four home fixtures for the Merseyside outfit.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Reds captain Thompson said that the 43-year-old deserves his chance to reverse their fortunes up until the Christmas period.

Thompson said: “I believe he deserves more time.

“You can’t let the man spend all that money and bring all those players in and then five, six or seven games in he has to move on.

“That decision can only be determined on results and he has to turn round the flow.

“I believe he should be given the opportunity to see it through, but the bells will be ringing by Christmas time if fortunes have not turned round. I don’t need to tell Brendan that, he will understand that, but results have to pick up.

“We’ve got Everton coming up in two weeks’ time and that will be a massive game. That is going to need far more application and attitude from the players than what they showed at Old Trafford.”

Liverpool lost 3-0 to West Ham United before a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League last weekend.

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The Reds played out a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in the English top-flight in midweek.

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