Liverpool media round-up: Monk gives Rodgers backing, Johnson says club needs changes

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has received backing from one of his old players after a difficult season which has seen the Reds miss out on a trophy, and their ambitions of Champions League qualification in tatters.

While speculation begins to grow about Rodgers' future at Liverpool, he has received some much-needed support from a former charge.

Swansea City boss Garry Monk played under Rodgers, and in an interview with BBC Radio 5Live, Monk said there is 'no question' that his old boss can take the Reds forward:

"I know how he works, what he thinks of the club, and how he wants to take the club forward. Of course the demands at such a big club are always going to be as high as possible, I think people need to be realistic as well.

"You have to remember they lost Suarez in the summer, a lot of their goals, and Sturridge has been injured for a big part of that so you're taking a lot of goals out of that team."

Right-back Glen Johnson has confirmed he will be leaving the club in the summer when he is out of contract, but is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying there need to be changes in order for the club to progress.

Johnson claims that it's a familiar story every season when it comes to the bright talent of young players, and has suggested Liverpool need to strengthen in the summer in order to put this disappointing season behind them.

He said: “It’s the same every year and every team is going to try and do their business in the summer to try and make themselves stronger for the following the season.

“The club needs to do that too.

“We have some fantastic young players, but we say the same every year – we always have some good young players coming through."

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