Liverpool legend urges club hierarchy to back under-fire manager

Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp has urged the club heirarchy to back Reds manager Brendan Rodgers in spite of their 3-1 loss to Manchester United this past weekend, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Merseyside club had a disappointing time at Old Trafford, with the goals flowing in the second half after an extremely cagey first period.

The loss puts Liverpool a disappointing ninth on the table following their previous 3-0 defeat to West Ham United, and head coach Rodgers is definitely under a mountain of pressure.

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Rodgers avoided the sack at the end of last season after finishing a sub-par sixth place, but former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool’s owners must stick by the Northern Irishman and that it is still possible to finish in the top four.

“It is always damaging when Liverpool lose to Manchester United,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“It is a result that hurts. 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.

“Big money was spent in the transfer window and the new players deserve time to settle.

“If results don’t improve then maybe it will be time for a conversation. But right now this team must start playing again.

“Sometimes I think people get too easily carried away with Liverpool. The club has fantastic history but they have only made the Champions League once in the past six years.

“Maintaining a top-four place has to be the current aim.”

Liverpool will have a great chance to bounce back when they host Norwich City at Anfield on Sunday, with the Canaries tied on seven points with the Reds.