Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has thrown his weight behind the beleaguered Brendan Rodgers, advising the Anfield hierarchy to stick with the Northern Irishman.
The former Swansea manager has come under scrutiny of late following a spell of abysmal performances from the Merseyside club, which saw them winless for six successive games.
That dismal streak was finally snapped by Liverpool on Saturday following a cagey 3-2 win over Aston Villa at home, but it has done little to dispel the rumours and speculation surrounding the 42-year-old’s future.
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The atmosphere on Merseyside is far from upbeat, with there many calls from the Anfield faithful to axe Rodgers in favour of either Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp, both of whom top-class managers without a job and reportedly available.
The prospect of securing the services of a manager with proven success at the highest level appears to be a lucrative proposition for Liverpool. However, Aldridge insists the club should exercise more patience with Rodgers.
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A veteran of 83 appearances for Liverpool, Aldridge is of the opinion that a change of management could undo the framework laid down by Rodgers over past three years.
He hopes the under-fire manager can reverse the tide in the coming months, just like Sir Alex Fergusson did at Old Trafford all those years ago.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I hate to see managers come and go at Liverpool.
“You want continuity. Manchester United got where they did because they had Fergie there for 20-odd years.
“The longer you keep a manager, the better nick your club is going to be in, so let’s hope he can turn it around. It is going to be hard for him, but it’s been done before.
“Alex Ferguson nearly got the sack at one given time. It can be done, so let’s hope he can do it.”
Gloom might have enveloped Anfield for now, but the Reds are just 5 points behind league-leaders Manchester United and two points off the Champions League places after seven league games.
It is expected that the top echelons of the club’s hierarchy will evaluate Rodgers’ position based on the team’s performance till the Christmas and will decide on his future then.