Robbie Fowler does not think Brendan Rodgers should be classed as a failure, describing him as “a very good Liverpool manager”.
Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool on Sunday after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton left the club 10th in the Premier League going into the second international break of the season.
The poor start was a continuation of the form which saw the Reds finish seventh last season, but Fowler preferred to focus on the 2013-14 campaign in which Rodgers led the club to within three games of the title.
Fowler told the Liverpool Echo: “Brendan did okay. He never got us to what we wanted, but he came very close.
“I don’t think he was a failure as such. Football is a results business and if you are not getting the ones you want, not winning leagues or cups, questions will be asked, and sadly for him that was the case.
“He was a very good Liverpool manager. I liked him as a man and as a manager. I thought his man-management style was very good.
“But the club have said they want a change. It’s the club’s idea and we all stand by that decision.”
Fowler happy with Klopp
Jurgen Klopp is expected to be confirmed as the new Liverpool manager on Friday, an appointment Fowler is pleased with.
“My opinion is that Jurgen Klopp is a very good manager,” Fowler said.
“I’ve never met him but looking as an outsider I was impressed with what he did in Germany for Dortmund.
“I like what I see and it’s exactly the same with Carlo Ancelotti. I like his manner, I like Jurgen’s manner and the way they get their teams playing great football.
“We deserve that at Liverpool. Both of those managers can supply that.”
Fowler also admitted he would jump the chance of a role on Klopp’s coaching staff if the German approached him.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested,” Fowler added.
“When a new manager comes in I’d love to be on the backroom staff. Liverpool is a massive part of my life and if that was to be case I’d love that.”
Discuss this on the new-look Liverpool Your Say forum.