Ex-Liverpool captain pleads for patience with under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers, amid Jurgen Klopp speculation

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has urged the owners at his former club Liverpool to stick by manager Brendan Rodgers until the season finishes at least.

The Northern Irishman has seen the pressure over his position at the club increase from a selection of supporters following the team’s disappointing performance in the 3-1 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Manchester United last Saturday evening.

Kop hero Dietmar Hamman has backed ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp to replace Rodgers at the helm in the near future, however, Redknapp insists the latter deserves more time to prove he is the right man for the job:

“It is always damaging when Liverpool lose to Manchester United – it is a result that hurts,” the former Reds captain wrote in his weekly column for Mail Sport.

“Yes, it was a bad performance but this is no time to panic.”

“Brendan Rodgers is under pressure and there are problems in that team. They are fragile at the back and I still feel they lack a creative central midfielder, but Rodgers has to be the man to try and solve those issues.”

“There is no sense in sacking a manager so soon in a season. Jurgen Klopp is the elephant in the room but Liverpool backed Rodgers this summer. Now they have to stand by that decision,” Redknapp added.

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Rodgers heavily invested in his squad during the transfer window in the summer as he looks to lead the club back into the UEFA Champions League next season after a disappointing sixth-placed finish in the 2014-15 campaign.

Defeat at Old Trafford has left the Merseyside outfit ninth in the table after three games without a win and they entertain Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday night before returning to domestic action against newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield three days later.

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