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Jamie Carragher Backs Brendan Rodgers to Succeed as Liverpool Manager

Jamie Carragher has come out in support of his former manager but has warned that transfer signings will be the key to further progress.

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Brendan Rodgers is happy to share his opinions, and that can give insight into the personality and methods of a high-profile manager. Sometimes his words find a way of making the manager look slightly too verbose and hasty than required. The position of Liverpool manager is one of the biggest in England, and while the Rodgers hasn't achieved the success yet to be considered as one of the best around, he's in a job that attracts a lot of attention.

When things are tough, it may not be helpful to have so many former Liverpool players working as pundits and "experts" on television, print and digital media, and on the radio. There'll be criticism, analysis, discussion, and opinions shared and sought on their former clubs. This can often create more noise around the club than needed and makes the Liverpool job one where pressure can increase quite suddenly after falling short of expectations.

There's only one prominent pundit who has played under Brendan Rodgers, and that's Jamie Carragher who made 38 appearances in his final season at the club. What was Carragher's last season was Brendan's first, and the Sky Sports pundit's opinion on matters at Liverpool carry some weight even if he is reluctant to criticise Steven Gerrard or Brendan Rodgers too harshly. However, does Carragher think Rodgers is the right manager for Liverpool?

I think so. I don't think your whole future should be determined by one game. It was difficult with the players that came in and I still don't think many of them have bedded in yet. Brendan, the players and the staff will be looking to next season and thinking they will go one step further, winning a trophy maybe and getting back into the top four. That's his job. He has to identify where in the team they need to improve; the squad is there and they did a lot of that last summer. The signings have to be right and if they are it will make a massive difference. If they're not they'll be back to where they are this season.

The season isn't over yet, but it is unlikely Liverpool will finish in the top four. A strong finish in the remaining six league games would see Brendan Rodgers at least achieve fifth spot in the Premier League with a target of at least going one better next year. Winning a domestic trophy would be a bonus to qualifying for the Champions League, and it would be welcome after falling at the semi-final stage in both domestic cups this season.

There will be European football to contend with next season, and it's interesting that many haven't mentioned the need for Rodgers to do better in European competitions. Progress in Europe furthers Liverpool's reputation, and Champions League qualification would be attained in the event of a Europa League triumph. Player recruitment will be crucial to helping Liverpool make improvements next season along Rodgers making clearer decisions in the absence of Steven Gerrard, a player who the Antrim man has struggled to manage effectively this season.

There's no doubt that next season will be a crucial one for Brendan Rodgers as development and progress must be supported by achieving Champions League qualification. Nothing less will do.

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