Aldridge urges Liverpool to back Rodgers like Manchester United and Ferguson

The former star also believes the squad is firmly behind their manager despite reports suggesting otherwise.

Speaking to TalkSport, Liverpool legend John Aldridge has urged the club to back manager Brendan Rodgers like Manchester United stuck with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rodgers is under increasing pressure at Anfield after a poor start to the season for the second campaign running, although Saturday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa has alleviated that somewhat.

Sir Alex Ferguson endured a famously difficult start to his reign at Old Trafford, with him famously coming close to the sack, but the club’s hierarchy stuck with him and he led them to unprecedented success.

And Aldridge has urged his old club to take a similar stance.

“You want continuity. Man United got where they did because they had Fergie there for 20-odd years,” he told TalkSport.

“The longer you keep a manager, the better nick your club is going to be in, so let’s hope he can turn it around. It is going to be hard for him, but it’s been done before. Alex Ferguson nearly got the sack at one given time. It can be done, so let’s hope he can do it.”

Squad firmly behind Brendan Rodgers 

The former Anfield star also believes that the players at the club are firmly behind their manager.

It is fair to say that the majority of the Anfield crowd have slowly turned against their manager in recent times following a series of poor results, with the loss to Stoke at the end of last season still firmly in their minds.

There had been reports that his squad were also starting to lose faith as well, but Aldridge doesn’t believe that is the case.

“The players are actually playing for the manager,” he added.

“They are trying their damnedest to get over the line and win games but it is just not happening. You get situations like this where it just doesn’t happen for you. “

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