Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has rallied around under-fire boss Kenny Dalglish after a seventh defeat in 10 games sparked a flurry of criticism aimed at the Scot.
The Reds' Champions League qualification hopes appear a distant dream, with 16 points separating them from the top four following last weekend's defeat to Newcastle United.
But despite going through the club's worst run forever 50 years, Evans says the Anfield club must stay behind the manager.
“You have to be positive,” said Evans.
“You have to stick together in times like this from the players, to the manager, the backroom staff and the supporters. It is always a difficult time when you go through periods like this as a manager. Especially as, being manager of a club like Liverpool, you know what it means to the fans. They are suffering at the moment, and having a hard time of it.
“And they have every right to be critical. That is part of being a fan.
“But at the end of the day, Liverpool still have a chance of winning the FA Cup, to go alongside the Carling Cup.
“The league position is not what anyone at the club wants it to be, make no mistake, but my message to the supporters would be to stick together, and try to stay behind the team for the rest of the season. Because the team, the players, the manager, they need fans’ support at times like this.”
Dalglish has been party to spending over £100 million in the transfer market since being re-appointed as manager following the sacking of Roy Hodgson.
The club legend has been criticised, along with director of football Damien Comolli for a series of failed purchases, with Stewart Downing one example.
While the club have fallen short in attempting to qualify for the Champions League, Dalglish has won the League Cup in first full season, and could double their haul in the FA Cup, with the semi-final against Everton a week on Saturday, which could work to paper of their league fortunes.
“Nobody will be hurting more than Kenny,” he added. “I hear people say they don’t listen to the critics, but in this day and age that is almost impossible. The media coverage of football is 24/7 now, there is no escaping it.
“He was the fans’ choice as manager when Roy Hodgson left. I don’t think there was a fan around who didn’t want Kenny in.
“As manager of Liverpool, there are high expectations. You wouldn’t want it any other way, either. You wouldn’t want the players and the manager to be happy with the way things are going.
“The league table doesn’t lie. It is up to the players and the manager to make sure it reads a little better sooner rather than later.”
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