Jamie Carragher believes Brendan Rodgers should have been given 20 games to “get it right” at Liverpool this season after avoiding the sack in the summer.
Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool on Sunday in the wake of a 1-1 draw at Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, which left the Reds down in 10th in the Premier League after eight games.
Carragher believes Rodgers was given a “fair crack of the whip” overall, but the former Liverpool defender says the club should have given him longer to turn things around after backing him in the summer transfer window.
“I don’t like the fact Liverpool are getting rid of a manager after just eight games but when you look at Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge as a whole, he was given a fair crack of the whip,” Carragher told the Daily Mail.
“I always thought of sacking someone so early in the season as something clubs like Newcastle or Tottenham do — so I don’t like that — but there was a sense of inevitability about it in the end.
“Rodgers had four very winnable home games recently — newly promoted Norwich, League Two Carlisle, relegation battlers Aston Villa and Swiss side Sion — and he only won one. There were boos after three of them and the decision was probably taken because of that poor run.
“After a disappointing campaign last season and a lot of money spent in the summer, Rodgers will have known that his team needed to come flying out of the blocks this season, but they didn’t.
“But he should have been fired in the summer or given 20 or so games to get it right this campaign.”
Carra wants Klopp at Kop
Speaking immediately after the news was confirmed, Carragher urged Liverpool’s owners to move for former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.
Carragher said: “I think with either of those coming to Liverpool, the Liverpool supporters would be ecstatic: Carlo Ancelotti a Champions League winner three times, and we know what Klopp did at Borussia Dortmund.
“If it was me I would go for Klopp ahead of Ancelotti. I think he’s got more to prove. Ancelotti is a great manager of course but he’s gone to clubs where you would expect to win trophies.
“It’s a difficult job now at Liverpool getting them back into the top four. Forget talking about the title. And I think it needs someone with that energy and drive to get Liverpool back to where it wants to be and I think Jurgen Klopp’s that man.
“The one worry for Liverpool’s owners is: would Ancelotti or Klopp come now, in the circumstances that are at the club now, where you have the politics inside the club.”
Addressing the challenge facing the owners, Carragher added on Sky Sports: “They’ve made a lot of decisions since they’ve come that haven’t worked. At the moment the owners’ track record in making changes for Liverpool Football Club over the last two or three years has not been good enough. It’s miles off.
“I’d have preferred them to do it (sack Rodgers) in the summer. He’s been there three and a bit years, they haven’t won a trophy and they’ve played Champions League football once, that’s not good enough for Liverpool.
“Liverpool have won one Carling Cup in 10 years.
“Liverpool are becoming Tottenham: they think they’re a big club but the real big clubs are not too worried about them, who they buy and what they’re going to do. That’s the situation it’s become for Liverpool, even when I was there towards the end. I’m not just blaming Brendan Rodgers and this set of players.
“What are these owners of the club going to do to get Liverpool back to where they need to be, which is consistently in CL and challenging for trophies?”
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