The Reds slipped to a humiliating defeat at the home of their bitter rivals, with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie condemning the Merseysiders to a seventh negative scoreline of the season in the Premier League.
Now ten points behind United, Liverpool’s top four hopes are beginning to look bleak heading into the winter period, which has drawn criticism towards Rodgers following the introduction of £100m worth of new talent during the last transfer window.
The Merseysiders now face a crunch week, with a Capital One quarter-final trip to Bournemouth followed by a home clash with Arsenal, and Carragher said on Sky Sports that he thinks the club’s owners could be losing patience with their man:
“Brendan Rodgers is under pressure. The owners were ruthless with Kenny [Dalglish] and Roy [Hodgson].
“You go out against Bournemouth [in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final] and then you have Arsenal. He was manager of the year but he has to get results.
“You expect them to do well after spending that kind of money. They are looking to be in the top four but they have failed in the Champions League.
“It will be hard to catch United because they are not in Europe. Arsenal will be going for fourth as well. If they don’t get top four then he will be under pressure.”