Liverpool legend pleads to give Rodgers time

Former Liverpool captain John Barnes says new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers must be given time and patience by the Kop in order to bring success back to Anfield.

Rodgers is expected to complete his switch from Swansea today and be unveiled to the press at Melwood and Anfield on Friday.

Barnes is excited by the prospect of Rodgers working at Liveprool.

“As far as I am concerned Brendan Rodgers is an outstanding young manager,” Barnes told BBC Sport.

“I think he plays in a very modern and comprehensive way and you can see what he has done at Swansea,” said Barnes.

“Of course, [Roberto] Martinez may have started that and he was spoken about and would have been an excellent choice also.

“I think Brendan will do well if people support him. All he needs is to be given time and support.

“The problem that he will have is his inexperience and [that he] is not a big name and hasn’t been around for a period of time [so] fans can say he doesn’t have the experience.

“For me, it is not important at all. What is important is the quality that he actually has.

“I hope the Liverpool fans get behind him and back him because I think he is a very good manager.”

Liverpool are expected to pay around £4million in compensation to Swansea City for Rodgers’ services.

The 39-year-old Northern Irishman lead Swansea to promotion to the Premier League in 2011, and survived their first season in the top flight.

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