Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Liverpool owners need to allow manager Brendan Rodgers time if he is to be successful at the club, according to The Telegraph.
Very few men in football would have had a worse week than the new Liverpool boss. After allowing £35 million striker Andy Carroll to join West Ham United on a season long loan on transfer deadline day, Rodgers then subsequently failed in his attempts to bring in any fresh faces to Anfield.
The most notable absentee at Liverpool on the deadline day was that of long-term target Clint Dempsey who ended up joining Tottenham Hotspur from Fulham. As a consequence, Rodgers is now left with only a squad of only 19 players and two out-and-out strikers in Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini.
Incidentally, today is an important day for Premier League clubs as they have to register their 25-man squads for the Premier League season. Therefore, it has been speculated that Rodgers may look towards signing Michael Owen in a last ditch attempt to secure some firepower up front. Additionally, Rodgers may also make a loan swoop for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge who has been left out in the cold at Stamford Bridge.
To compound Rodgers’ dismal week, his side were then defeated comfortably by an impressive Arsenal side 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday. As a result, Liverpool currently lie just outside the relegation zone and is their worst start to a campaign for 60 years. The disastrous start to the season has already led to a minority of the Anfield faithful unsure as to whether the former Swansea boss is the right man to take Liverpool forward.
Gunners manager Wenger is a man who can empathise with Rodgers’ situation after Arsenal went into last season’s international break after losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively, and then being on the end of a humiliating 8-2 thrashing away at Manchester United.
Wenger believes that Rodgers just needs time, “He [Rodgers] has just arrived at the club. Of course expectations are very high but you just want to tell people to keep confident and stand behind their man.”
Wenger added that in order for Rodgers to be successful at Merseyside he needs the confidence and public support of the Liverpool owner John Henry, “when he comes to a big club it is important that he feels that people trust him. I am sure he will turn it around.”
Rodgers himself admits that his start as Liverpool manager hasn’t exactly gone to plan, but still remains upbeat, “I am not here to cry. Whatever has happened, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am very proud to manage this club, I have made it my life.”