Sunday, 17th February, 2013

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso thinks that the Reds must be patient with manager Brendan Rodgers, despite their poor season so far.

Alonso left Anfield in 2009 to sign for Spanish giants Real Madrid following a hugely successful time at Anfield, which saw him win the Champions League and FA Cup.

The pass-master still keeps a close eye on the progress of his old club however and has been watching the season unfold under ex-Reading manager Rodgers, who was appointed last summer after Liverpool sacked Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool are well adrift of the Premier League top four, sitting ninth, while they are also 2-0 down in their Europa League Round of 32 tie against Zenit St. Petersburg, with the second leg to come on Thursday. The Reds also exited the League Cup and FA Cup early; last season they reached the finals of both domestic cup competitions, winning the League Cup.

But Alonso thinks some patience with Rodgers may just be needed.


"With Brendan, Liverpool are building a project", he explained to the BBC.

"They need to be patient. We all want to see Liverpool fighting for the Champions League places.

"I still follow the Premier League and I still feel very attached to Liverpool and I follow them. I consider myself a Liverpool fan."

Liverpool are in action later today against Rodgers’ old club Swansea City in the Premier League, as they host the Welsh outfit at Anfield.

Swansea are enjoying an even better season than the previous campaign under Rodgers, with boss Michael Laudrup having the side sat seventh in the Premier League, while they are in the final of the League Cup, due to be played next weekend.

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