Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of the man that replaced him at Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp.
The German has come under fire in recent weeks after a run of form that has seen their season derailed dramatically, but Rodgers has urged everyone involved with Liverpool to get behind him.
Speaking on Talksport on Friday morning, Rodgers, who spent more than three seasons at Anfield, insisted that Liverpool’s budget meant that fifth is probably the correct position for them (and seemingly a call for club owners FSG to support him better financially), as well as calling for the maintaining of trust in the two-time Bundesliga winner:
“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.
“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.
“Expectation is huge of course because of the great history but Jurgen, like I, will be absolutely loving the job because it is a real challenge to meet that expectation but a challenge that is so worth it because it is such a great club.”
Rodgers’ own time at Anfield came to an end in 2015 just fifteen months after coming agonisingly close to delivering a first league title for the club since 1990.
He has since moved the Scottish Premiership with Celtic, where his side have built up an almost unassailable 27 point lead at the summit of the table and are likely to be crowned champions by the end of this month.
Liverpool, meanwhile, welcome Arsenal to Anfield in a match that Klopp’s men must win if they are to maintain their challenge for a Champions League position. Liverpool have won just twice in all competitions since the turn of the year, and their campaign is in serious danger of derailing completely.