There’ll be no shortage of analysis and opinion in the coming days with Liverpool deciding it was time to part ways with boss Brendan Rodgers, but Reds fans the world ’round will have their ears perked up when it comes to those the club holds dear — and they didn’t have to wait long to hear from Jamie Carragher with the ex-defender reacting live on television.
“It hasn’t gone well for [Rodgers] this season,” conceded the Sky Sports pundit. “He needed to make a good start because maybe he was fortunate in terms of staying on at the end of last season. His staff moved on and new staff came in. He spent £70m-80m, and then seven games later, Liverpool are changing their manager,” continued Carragher. “That’s what I don’t like. Just do it in the summer, if that’s the situation. They finished poorly last season, he will have known himself that he would have to make a big start and he hasn’t, and that’s where the pressure comes from,” explained the Liverpool legend. “So [the owners FSG] have made a decision now, but at this moment their track record in making decisions for Liverpool Football Club over the past two or three years has not been good enough. It’s miles off.”
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Despite being critical of the timing, the Champions League winner has obviously given this some thought; Ajax boss Frank de Boer, ex-Real Madrid supremo Carlo Ancelotti and fan favourite Jurgen Klopp, who left Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund during the summer, top the bookies list to replace the Northern Irishman in the Anfield hot-seat. Although each present an interesting option, there’s only one man for Carragher — and he thinks Reds fans around the world feel the same.
“They know what Klopp did at Borussia Dortmund over the last few years. If it was me, I would go for Klopp ahead of Ancelotti,” said Carragher, backing the German manager for the job. “I think he’s got more to prove. I think Liverpool is not an easy job now. I think Ancelotti is a great manager but he’s gone to clubs where they’re expected to win trophies,” he explained. “It’s a difficult job now at Liverpool getting back into the top four, forget talking about the title. I think it needs someone with that energy and drive to get that job back to where it wants to be and I think Jurgen Klopp’s that man.”