Ex-Liverpool player Steve McMahon believes talk regarding Jurgen Klopp is placing further pressure on the shoulders of Reds chief Brendan Rodgers, reports ESPN.
Klopp, who departed Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, has long been linked with the managerial hot-seat at Anfield.
McMahon, though, has insisted that the links with Klopp aren't helping Rodgers in his pursuit of success on Merseyside.
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After leading the Reds to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League last term, Rodgers' side have endured a tricky opening to the current campaign.
With just 11 points from their opening seven fixtures, Liverpool are already five points behind rivals Manchester United, who are sitting pretty at the summit of the division.
On top of that, the club's best players are struggling to hit top form - and McMahon believes Rodgers is 'under major pressure'.
He stated: "When you get someone breathing down his neck like Jurgen Klopp and people are clamouring for change, knowing there's a ready-made replacement, that adds a lot of pressure.
"Results have been very poor and performances haven't been what they should be either so there's no getting around the fact that he's under major pressure - big time."
It won't go away
Ultimately, though, as long as Klopp stays out of management, speculation linking him with Rodgers' job won't go away.
The enigmatic German is one of the most experienced and classiest managers in the game, so it's not entirely surprising that the Reds are reportedly tracking him. One thing is for sure, with the Merseyside derby on the horizon, Rodgers must turn things around sooner rather than later.
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