Dietmar Hamann believes there is no chance Liverpool will sack manager Brendan Rodgers before Christmas.
The retired midfielder, who played for the Reds between 1999 and 2006, echoed the recent sentiments of former teammate Jamie Carragher by admitting Liverpool have little choice but to stick with Rodgers for the foreseeable future after backing him in the summer.
Rodgers is under pressure after a disappointing start to the 2015-16 campaign - Liverpool have failed to win any of their previous four league matches - and a growing number of supporters have been spotted voicing their discontent on social media.
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Some Liverpool fans have gone as far as setting up a fund-raising initiative to generate enough cash to get Rodgers sacked, while others are planning to turn up at Anfield for the home match against Aston Villa on Saturday dressed as the out-of-work Jurgen Klopp.
An increasing number of Liverpool fans, it seems, would like to see Klopp replace the beleaguered Rodgers. Others, meanwhile, would prefer the club to make a move for Carlo Ancelotti, who left Real Madrid at the end of last season.
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Hamann expects Rodgers to stay
But Hamann has bad news for Liverpool fans who want Rodgers out. Speaking on talkSPORT earlier today, the former Germany international said: “The club made a conscious decision in the summer when the assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh were relieved of their duties and Sean O’Driscoll and Gary McAllister were brought in.
“They made a decision to stick with the manager and change the backroom staff and if they wanted to change the manager in the summer they would have done or they could have done, because there was a reason to do it after losing to Crystal Palace 3-1 and then losing that last game 6-1 to Stoke.
“They made the decision to stick with the manager, which I have not got a problem with, and after five games it is too early [to sack him].
“Up until Christmas, I don’t think there is a decision to be made. Simply you have to stick with the manager now because if you wanted to change you should have done it in the summer, not after five games.”
Hamann: Liverpool players must improve
Hamann also feels that the Liverpool players owe it to Rodgers to improve their performances following an underwhelming start to the new season.
"These players have been brought in by the manager in the last two or three years and it is time for them to show why they have been brought to Liverpool,” he added.
“Of course the manager is always the first one to come under pressure and eventually the one to lose his job if things don’t improve, but it is down to the players to stand up, be counted, and take responsibility.”
A gamble either way for Liverpool
Sticking with Rodgers is a risky move by Liverpool - but one that could ultimately pay off.
Unless they can bring a top-class manager in to replace Rodgers - like Klopp or Ancelotti - sacking him would not only be utterly pointless but it could also set Liverpool back even further.
The Northern Irish coach has demonstrated throughout his managerial career he’s a competent coach, but he must ensure Liverpool start picking up points to keep his job.
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