Brendan Rodgers delivers verdict on Liverpool senior man, makes excellent point
By Matt Farr
Brendan Rodgers insists that Liverpool need to put their trust in manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Merseyside club have picked up just two wins from 12 matches in all competitions in 2017, and the critics have come out in full force against Klopp.
However, despite Liverpool’s miserable form – which leaves them outside the Premier League’s top-four – former Reds boss Rodgers issued his support for the under-fire chief and made an excellent point about the resources available to Klopp compared to his rivals.
In an interview with TalkSport, Rodgers said: “If you put a manager in place, you have to trust him.
“The narrative can’t change every single day. You can’t be a good manager on the Monday and then a very poor manager on Tuesday.
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“You have to trust there is going to be difficult periods and, with all due respect, Liverpool probably have the fifth-highest budget in the Premier League.”
Rodgers managed Liverpool between June 2012 and October 2015, when he was sacked by the club on the back of a run of just one win in nine games.
The Reds were 10th in the Premier League table after their first eight games, but the newly-appointed Klopp then led Liverpool on a minor revival to an eighth-placed finish.
However, with both the Premier League title and a place in the top-four gradually slipping away from Liverpool’s grasp, Klopp has been speculated to face a similar fate to his predecessor.
The club are currently fifth in the league with 12 games remaining, one point adrift of rivals Arsenal, whom they face at Anfield on Saturday.
But defeat the club could spell even further trouble for Klopp, as Manchester United could overtake them and see them drop to sixth, beside chief rivals Everton.
Rodgers, meanwhile, has found great success since landing on his feet with Celtic at the start of the season.
He has led the Scottish side on a 33-match unbeaten run in domestic competitions, and they are currently running away with the Scottish Premiership title.
Boasting a 27 point lead over second-placed Aberdeen, Rodgers’ side are now just seven points away from lifting their sixth consecutive league title; and one step closer to winning the domestic treble.
In other Liverpool news, Sadio Mane has delivered his verdict on Liverpool’s top-four hopes.