He is the bookies favorite to be the first Premier League manager to get fired this season but former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Brendan Rodgers must be given more time.
‘There was talk of him going at the end of last season, they decided to give him the benefit of the doubt,’ Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports. ‘If you give him that much money, and then say after eight league games you want to make the change, you just think you should have just done it in the summer.
‘You’ve backed him with the money, he has got to get longer than eight to 10 games, probably closer to Christmas. In their last 18 games, they haven’t scored more than one goal and that’s a problem for a manager who is an attacking manager like Brendan Rodgers. Where is the Brendan Rodgers-type of game we associated with a year or two ago?’
After Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Norwich, Liverpool are in 13th place in the league and have not won a game since August 17.
The omens do not look good for Rodgers. Liverpool’s next game is a Capital One Cup tie against League Two Carlisle on Wednesday. For Reds fans, it might recall the 2010 League Cup home defeat by Northampton on penalties, which spelled the beginning of the end for Roy Hodgson at Liverpool.
Liverpool then host Aston Villa, one of the seven teams currently below them in the league, in the Premier League and Sion at home in the Europa league. Rodgers has to pick up wins from these upcoming fixtures because in October Liverpool have a tough run of away games at Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea, a set of fixtures that could mark the end of be make or break for Rodgers on Merseyside.
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