There is a “conspiracy” against under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, according to veteran commentator John Motson.
The BBC man believes there are “certain people” driving an “agenda” and “niggling away” at the Northern Irishman, who has had an underwhelming start to the new season.
Liverpool have won two of their six league games and scored just four goals and after Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 Anfield draw the dissenters were out in force.
Rodgers has been heavily criticised on social media and former player Jamie Carragher has been critical of Rodgers’ style this season, which has been far from the free-flowing football he pledged when he took the reins.
Speaking on BBC’s Monday Night Club, and exasperated Motson said: “I think there is some kind of conspiracy going on against Brendan Rodgers.
“Every time I read an article in the media, and I now a lot of their ex-players are in the media so that might have something to do with it, it sees that they are digging away at him.
“If we can put things in perspective, and I’m no lover of Liverpool in modern times, two years ago he nearly won the league. He then loses Suarez, Sterling, Sturridge and Gerrard and I think you can say they are pretty big players.
“He goes out and buys six new players this summer and they’ve played six games and yet they are niggling away at him all the time.
“What do Liverpool seriously expect? They haven’t won the league for over 20 years. I think there’s an agenda there, and I think there’s certain people driving it.”