Michael Owen believes that Brendan Rodgers deserves more time in the Liverpool hot-seat, despite the Northern Irishman coming under increasing pressure in the past few weeks, reports Goal.com.
Media speculation regarding Rodgers' future has increased following Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday.
The defeat meant that Rodgers will become the first Liverpool manager since the 1950's to fail to deliver some sort of silverware in his first three years at the club.
Bookies favourite Ladbrokes also cut their odds to 6/1 for outgoing Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp to be instilled at the Kop helm this summer.
But despite all of the media speculation, Owen firmly believes that Rodgers deserves more time, especially after Liverpool’s achievements last season.
Time for patience
Speaking on BT Sport’s football debate and news round-up show, Owen said: “He is under pressure no question about it, I think he should be given more time, I really do.”
“It was only 12 months ago when, if you go to Anfield every week, last season was the best football and the most exciting time to be a Liverpool fan in years.”
“I know they won the Champions League and I know we won trophies before that, but that was the best team you know, the best time to be a Liverpool fan,” Owen added.
Liverpool came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League last season, finishing only two points behind eventual Champions Manchester City.
It was captain Steven Gerrard’s slip that seemingly cost the Reds the title, and Owen is adamant that Rodgers deserves more time because of last season’s promise.
“One slip away from winning the Premier League and I think Brendan Rodgers is a very good manager and certainly deserves another year just based on that season.”
“I don’t think they are in a worse position than when he took over so I feel he does deserve another year.”
Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday and face a struggling West Brom side that have won only twice in five attempts.
Meanwhile the Reds will be looking to pick up a victory that aids their push for a top-four finish.