Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has moved to defend his record in the job after a banner calling for his departure and the return of Rafael Benitez was flown over Anfield, the Guardian has reported.
The message, reading ‘Rodgers out Rafa in’ was sent over the Merseyside club’s ground prior to the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and was reportedly paid for by ‘Liverpool season ticket holders.’
Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League table following the victory against struggling QPR, four points behind fourth-place Manchester United and 22 behind champions Chelsea, having ended last season second to Manchester City and above Jose Mourinho’s third-placed Blues. The Reds were also eliminated from this year’s Champions League at the group stage and went out early in the Europa League, leading to criticism of Rodgers.
But Rodgers has insisted the club is making good progress under his leadership and called for his critics to consider the longer-term picture, not make snap judgements based on a short window.
“Modern football now is very harsh and is very much short-termism,” said Rodgers. “But it has shown that over the years the majority of the teams that have that stability, and if the owners and players have that belief, then it will come good.
“What we have seen here over the last couple of years is that we are definitely on the right path,” the former Swansea City boss continued. “This year it’s been pretty clear that it has been disappointing but I think the opportunity arises for us again next season.
“There is some exciting talents coming in. The players that have come in, it’s been a difficult year for them but they will be better for it. All the new players are gaining experience about the pressures of Liverpool and, again, myself will be a better manager because of it.”
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