Treble-winner says Liverpool need three years for glory

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Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes it could take new boss Brendan Rodgers up to three years to get the Anfield club back to the top.

Rodgers has struggled at times since taking over the Reds this summer, but Houllier thinks this is a natural product of making wholesale changes at a football club and is hopeful both Liverpool’s fans and owners give the northern Irishman time to turn things around.

“You need to give him time, he's starting a new cycle with the team,” the Frenchman told BBC Radio Merseyside.

“It will take a minimum of two years, maybe three, to achieve success. If the owners are patient, it will come good.”

Things had been looking a little better for Liverpool in recent weeks with them registering their first Premier League home win of the season over Reading.

They then moved to the top of the Europa League group with a victory over big-sending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, also at Anfield.

However, the good feeling looks to have drained out of the squad once more after they threw away a two-goal lead in the first half of the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.

That disappointment was followed by a 3-1 humbling at the hands of Rodgers’ former side Swansea City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night at Anfield – meaning they now cannot defend the trophy they won last season.

Despite these travails, Houllier still feels Rodgers is the right man to bring glory back to Liverpool and that the club’s fans are buying into his philosophy.

“I think he will [get time] because now the fans know that he wants to play a certain style that suits the team very well,” he added.

“He's also giving a chance to young players. There were three or four players below the age of 20 in a big derby. When experience comes along, they will get better and better.”

Liverpool will not have it easy as they look to bounce back from their Cup disappointment with a win, as they host Newcastle United on Sunday evening.

Houllier was Reds manager from 1998-2004 and won six trophies in his time at Anfield, including a famous FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in the 2000-01 season.

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