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Former Liverpool star tips Brendan Rodgers to stick around for the long haul

Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy believes that current manager Brendan Rodgers will stay at the club for the long haul, reports the Daily Mirror.

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The Northern Irishman has come under pressure recently after his side lost to Aston Villa in their FA Cup semi final encounter. This has ended their chances of any silverware this season. The Reds also look unlikely to qualify for next year’s Champions League, as they are currently seven points off the Premier League top four, albeit with a game in hand.

However, Murphy doesn’t think that this is completely the 42-year-old’s fault. The Merseyside club have had to deal with the departure of star player Luis Suarez this season, as well as an unsettled Raheem Sterling. Captain Steven Gerrard is also leaving Anfield in the summer, meaning a new problem is on the horizon.

The 38-year-old said: “Brendan [Rodgers] is there for the long haul. He’s moved the club forward. Some of the problems this year were out of his hands.He couldn’t have predicted what Luis Suarez was going to do in the World Cup, meaning he had to revamp his squad. Daniel Sturridge has had some horrendous injuries this year.”

He did add though: “What you could question is some of the recruitment at Liverpool. Have the signings worked? £19m on Lazar Markovic, yes he’s talented but has he’s not produced yet. Rickie Lambert hasn’t played enough, Fabio Borini was £10m.

“Mario Balotelli was £16m, he’s not worked. Dejan Lovren, who cost £20m, has hardly played. Is £18m Mamadou Sakho the answer? That’s where I would put the question mark.”

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