Ian Rush says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers needs time and luck to be successful

Last Updated: 30/12/12 2:45pm

Ian Rush believes Brendan Rodgers must be given time and luck to turn Liverpool into a force once again.

The Anfield club will end 2012 in mid-table after a string of disappointing defeats in December including a 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa and a Boxing Day defeat at Stoke by the same scoreline.

But Liverpool legend feels Rodgers, who took over from Kenny Dalglish last summer, has been unlucky so far this season and hopes the supporters and the owners will remain patient with his football philosophy.

"He will be given time and the owners will get behind him, that's one thing for certain," he told Goals on Sunday.

"The supporters are the same. They're still behind him because of the football we're playing.

"I just feel they've been very unlucky. We've played really well and not won and when we've made mistakes they've been costly.

"A prime example was against Aston Villa when we should have been 3-0 up after 20 minutes, yet they get one chance and scored and that gave Aston Villa something to hold on to.

"You've got to believe in it. The players believe in it, the manager believes in it and we all believe in that.

"It's a young side and you've just got to give them time. There are expectations, but you've got to be realistic as well."

Tactics

Another former Liverpool striker, John Aldridge, was also on the Goals on Sunday sofa, and said he would like to see more variety in Rodgers' tactics.

He has tried to impose the passing football approach that won him so many admirers at Swansea, but Aldridge fears opposition players are finding it too easy to put pressure on his young team.

"Brendan has come in with his own ideas and his own model," he said.

"Obviously we could be in a much better situation, but we as fans realise it's going to take time. We have to try to be patient and give Brendan the opportunity to stamp his way and his thoughts on the team.

"Some of the football we've seen has been tremendous, but from a personal point of view I'd like to have seen a little bit more of a plan B.

"When teams are closing us down really well, as Stoke did in our own half, you don't want to hoof it but you've got to have a presence up front that you can turn and play it in to.

"Once he holds it up you're asking a different question. If you've got someone of that stature up front, who can score goals and is mobile, then you can mix it up a little bit more.

"When Pepe Reina's got the ball, teams are pushing right on and if we can't get it out we are reverting to Pepe hoofing it, which is against what the philosophies are.

"At least if you've got someone with a bit of height up there you can try and do things like that.

"It's difficult. We've got to give him time and the owners have got to give him backing."