Brendan Rodgers won't be taken seriously as Liverpool manager until he delivers his first piece of silverware, Jamie Carragher believes.
The Northern Irishman is under pressure to bring trophies to Merseyside, and even more so given that in his three seasons with the Reds he has failed to take them to a single competition final, with a strong title bid in the 2013/14 season arguably his best achievement.
Rodgers, though, can to an extent silence his critics this weekend should his side topple fierce rivals Manchester United to bounce back from their dismal 3-0 defeat to West Ham two weeks ago.
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Victory for Louis van Gaal will prove just as important for Rodgers, with the Dutchman similarly subject to scrutiny of late, though Carragher, according to the Daily Mirror, believes that Van Gaal is under less pressure due to his record of winning trophies.
"What helps Van Gaal and hinders Rodgers are their respective trophy hauls," Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.
"Rodgers is in a similar position to David Moyes during his spell at Old Trafford. Until Rodgers wins a trophy, the fans will be sceptical about his ability to deliver."
Not for a long time has a fixture between the two English giants held such importance for the respective managers, with a win pivotal to the pair's bid to temporarily fend off criticism.
"Rodgers will know a win in this game could transform things," Carragher continued.
"There is no better stadium to win in when you are associated with Liverpool, nor is there a worse place to lose.
"There is always so much at stake and that is true once again. Particularly for the men in the dug-outs."
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