Jamie Carragher: Liverpool were becoming Tottenham under Brendan Rodgers
The Liverpool legend says Brendan Rodgers' reign wasn't good enough after his sacking on Sunday evening
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool are “becoming Tottenham Hotspur” after Brendan Rodgers was sacked on Sunday evening.
Rodgers was dismissed with immediate effect after his side were held to a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park earlier on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool are becoming Tottenham. They think they are a big club but the real big clubs are not too worried about them
The 18-time English champions are in 10th place and already eight points behind leaders Manchester City after winning just three of their opening eight Premier League games.
And Carragher, who played under Rodgers for one season following the Northern Irishman’s appointment in May 2012, admitted the 43-year-old’s spell in charge didn’t deliver required success at Anfield.
“Brendan Rodgers can’t argue in some ways. He has been there three and a bit years and he hasn’t won a trophy and has played Champions League football once – that isn’t good enough for Liverpool,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
Rodgers guided Liverpool to a second-place finish in 2014 as the Reds missed out on their first Premier League title on the final day of the season.
A defeat by Chelsea and a draw with Crystal Palace in two of their final three games allowed Manchester City to pip Rodgers’s men to their 19th top-flight crown.
While the Liverpool manager has seen key men like Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard leave the club over the past two summers, Carragher insisted Rodgers has been given sufficient funds to continue the progress made in 2013-14 campaign.
Carragher continued: “You’ve lost those players, but they’ve reinvested the money. I don’t think Brendan Rodgers can say he hasn’t had money to spend. Nearly £300m. None of those players have kicked on. This situation they found themselves in now, it isn’t just Brendan, it was going on when I was there.
“Liverpool have won one Carling Cup in 10 years. Liverpool are becoming Tottenham. They think they are a big club but the real big clubs are not too worried about them. That is the situation for Liverpool. I’m not just blaming Brendan Rodgers, it was the situation when I was there.”