Former Liverpool defender has issued a rallying call for supporters to back manager Brendan Rodgers, after Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa intensified the pressure on the boss.
It’s been a difficult season for the Northern Irishman, who has had to battle through almost the entire campaign without the injured Daniel Sturridge and of course Luis Suarez – sold to Barcelona last summer – who bagged over 50 goals between them last term.
The pressure of playing in five different competitions has also ramped up the demands on his young squad, with the Reds forced to play many more games than they did last time around.
So while Carragher was critical of his former club’s performance at Wembley last weekend, he feels Rodgers deserves to be given more time to turn things around.
He explains, in quotes taken by the Liverpool Echo, that the upcoming summer transfer window will play a crucial role in deciding Rodgers’ future, with a number of major purchases needed to transform our fortunes.
“I don’t think your whole future should be determined by one game,” Carragher said. “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.”
It’s fair to say that Rodgers and the transfer committee have got a mixed record in the market, but hopefully the right players will be bought this summer to help us improve.