Belfast Telegraph

Legends and fans turn on Brendan

By Jim Gracey

The tide of Liverpool opinion is turning against boss Brendan Rodgers.

Furious fans were joined by club legends in roundly condemning the Carnlough man's management and methods in the wake of Saturday night's abject 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United.

Former manager Graeme Souness and recently retired captain Jamie Carragher laid into the performance - and Rodgers - live on SKY TV.

And Liverpool owner John W Henry's Twitter account was bombarded with messages from fans urging him to dispense with the man he appointed to succeed Kenny Dalglish.

Rodgers remains in position, for now, but Henry's patience over a lack of tangible progress, and results, may not have far to stretch to match that of the fans, with those loyal to the Anfield boss now in the minority.

Rodgers' best hope of survival would appear to be persauding his employer that he can inspire a turnaround as he did from a similar position following a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in December.

Influential figures like Souness and Carragher remain unconvinced, however, with the latter rapping: "I don't understand this obsession with playing 4-3-3. They've got a lot of strikers, no wide players, and he continues to play 4-3-3."

Souness said: "You've got square pegs in round holes and it just doesn't work."

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