Former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage believes that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should be judged at the end of the season.
The Northern Irishman has come under pressure in recent weeks due to the Reds’ struggles, both in England and in Europe.
Liverpool are currently six points off the fourth spot in the Premier League and have been knocked out of the Champions League.
Pressure is increasing on Rodgers, with many fans and football pundits calling for the club to sack him, but Savage insists that the 41-year-old should be shown faith.
“Also, let’s remember where Liverpool were as recently as 2011,” he wrote in The Mirror. “They were flirting with relegation when Kenny Dalglish took over from Roy Hodgson.
“Next, when Dalglish handed over to Rodgers two years ago, Liverpool had just finished 17 points off fourth place. They were miles from qualifying for the Champions League.
“Within two seasons, Rodgers had taken them to within a heartbeat of winning the title and into the Champions League for the first time in five years. It was a massive over-achievement…
“So, no matter how badly every Kopite wants to beat their bitter rivals, it is essential that Rodgers is not judged on the outcome of this weekend’s game against Man United. He must be judged at the end of the season.”
Savage’s argument is indeed very strong and logical, and one that most will - or should - agree with.
However, one of the problems this season has been the summer signings. It was Rodgers who recruited the players, and he needs to be held responsible for that.
This weekend’s game against Manchester United should not decide Rodgers’s fate at Liverpool, but he will have to face the music once the season ends.
It is an ongoing test for Rodgers to cope without Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, but it is during such tough times that a manager is judged.