Rodgers was better than Mourinho last season, claims Robbie Fowler

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes that Brendan Rodgers was a better manager than Chelsea's Jose Mourinho last season.

Robbie Fowler believes that Brendan Rodgers will turn it around despite the team's poor start to the season.

The former striker, whose name still resonates around Anfield, is a huge ambassador for Liverpool and when it comes to enthusiasm about the club, there are few who can top him.

Speaking to The Mirror, the former Liverpool striker insisted that Rodgers, who in his words was better than Jose Mourinho last season, will turn it around at Anfield despite their start to the season. 

The former Swansea manager, who has been one of the more criticised members of staff at Liverpool this season, knows the game against United will be huge boost for him, if he can get all three points.

After dropping out of the Champions League on Tuesday, the pressure is on and there could be big consequences with a loss against Manchester United, especially if it's a big scoreline. 

Nevertheless, the former FA Cup winner has backed him to get it right and even stated that Rodgers was better than Mourinho last year.

''Last season he was manager of the year, but more than that, he had Liverpool playing in a way they've not seen at Anfield for years, with a philosophy that is based on what the club is about,'' the 39-year-old explained.

''He was he best coach last year, ahead of the likes of Mourinho. That hasn’t gone away in a few months. They’ve had a lot of changes, they’ve lost a striker who was the best in the world for much of last season, and they’re clearly struggling to integrate a whole load of new, young players, who have found it hard to adapt to the Premier League.

“But really, all this criticism, so much of it is hindsight. He got criticised for his team selection against Basel – hindsight. Same as some of the summer buys. No one was complaining when the club made all those signings.”

Although last season wasn't good for Mourinho, who went trophyless for the second year running, the consistency and quality in his approach has never been in doubt.

To the majority of football fans, the Portuguese coach will forever remain the 'Special One', whereas current Liverpool boss is now under pressure to perform in order to keep his job.

Hindsight or no hindsight, Rodgers will have to ensure that he gets the decisions correct at the weekend as it could cap off arguably the worst week of his managerial career. He needs a result; anything less and it could lead to a massive loss in confidence from the Reds fanbase.

It's time for the former LMA manager of the year to stand up and be counted, and there can be no better opposition for him to do just that against than against United.

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