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Jamie Carragher: Brendan Rodgers deserves more time

By Michael Smith

Jamie Carragher believes Brendan Rodgers remains the man to lead Liverpool and claims it would be "nonsense" to change the manager at Anfield.

After last season's runners-up finish in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool have struggled in the current term and stand 10th in the table after 16 rounds of matches, already 18 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher is waiting to see whether the owners, headed by John W Henry, allow Rodgers time to put the team in a better order than they find themselves after Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Asked whether Rodgers is the right leader for Liverpool, Carragher said: "Yes, he is."

He acknowledges patience will run out if Liverpool do not improve, and Carragher sees potential trouble ahead, in the shape of a tricky trip to face Championship leaders Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

Carragher told Sky Sports 1: "These new owners are different from the past people who were in charge, who always gave every manager five or six years.

"They were very quick with Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and (former director of football) Damien Comolli, so I think it has changed, the way of doing things from when I was there.

"But I think when you get rid of a manager halfway through a season, I think it's nonsense, I don't understand it.

"What he did last year, I think he's got enough in the bank to get him through to the end of the season, but it's got to improve."

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