Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has urged the club to be patient with under fire boss Brendan Rodgers after an uninspiring start to the season.
The Reds are languishing in 13th in the Premier League table and scraped into the Capital One Cup fourth round on Tuesday night by beating League Two side Carlisle United on penalties – stretching their winless run to six games in all competitions.
Rodgers was backed with heavy investment by the club’s owners in the summer, spending over £80m on incoming players, and Evans, while admitting the Northern Irishman is under pressure, insists he deserves more time to blend his new recruits.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Evans said: “He’s certainly under some serious pressure.
“Once everyone gets into this stigma that the manager is to blame for everything, people tend to run away with that.
“They’ve got to give him maybe just a little bit more time, it’s still very early in the season. You’ve let him spend an awful lot of money, you’ve got to give him a bit more time to see if it will work. Things can turn around in two or three games.”
Liverpool’s failure to beat their lower league opponents mean they are without a win at Anfield in three games after a heavy defeat to West Ham and a 1-1 draw with Norwich on Sunday.
Their recent record at home is stark contrast to the daunting prospect Anfield used to invoke, and Evans believes their struggles on Merseyside are the root of their problems.
He added: “Anfield doesn’t have that fear factor now. We’re letting people get their feet under the table.
“Years ago, right from the kick off we could win the game in the first 15 minutes but that doesn’t seem to be happening anymore.”
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