Alan Pardew believes Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is able to handle the heat at Liverpool ahead of their Premier League clash this Sunday.
Former Swansea manager Rodgers has seen his side struggle since he took the helm, with the Merseyside club just managing two wins from nine games in the Premier League so far.
However, the Newcastle boss thinks Rodgers can manage this pressure, and that he is having difficulty creating his vision because of a lack of “tools”.
He said to BBC Newcastle: “I think Brendan can deal with it. He didn’t get the tools he needed and if you’re going to create the vision he wants, you’ve got to have the tools. As I understand it, he’s a striker short. If he didn’t want the big fella (Carroll), which we know because we were involved, then he should have had a replacement.”
Liverpool have had many issues with strikers this season, with Fabio Borini injured, whilst sending Andy Carroll off on loan to West Ham.
Pardew worked with Rodgers when they were youth coaches for Reading. He has said that he envisaged Rodgers coaching rather than going into management.
He said: “We were both confident in our own ways, but I genuinely thought he would be a coach rather than a manager. He has a natural association with the coaching ground, and those who watch Being Liverpool would sense that, he’s sort of evolved into a manager more so. I always felt I was the other type, and I actually did think of Brendan as a coach at a few of my other clubs but he’s found his own route and fair play to him.”
Newcastle have had just one Anfield win in the Premier League since 1992.